What causes Wegener's granulomatosis?

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Doctors and scientists do not yet know the cause of Wegener's granulomatosis. Some believe that the disease is caused by an infection that results in the characteristic inflamed blood vessels and harmful tissues (called granulomas). Others speculate that genetics or exposure to toxins causes the disease. Research into the cause of the condition is ongoing.

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Wegeners Granulomatosis

This rare disorder inflames the blood vessels, restricting blood flow to the upper respiratory tract, lungs, kidneys and other organs. No one knows what causes Wegeners granulomatosis. Although this disorder can be fatal, commonly ...

through kidney failure, early diagnosis and treatment can lead to a full recovery. Symptoms include nosebleeds, sinus pain, ear infections, a constantly runny nose, achy joints, skin sores, fever, weakness and loss of appetite. Treatment includes corticosteroids and immunosuppressive drugs, plus supplements such as folic acid.
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