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Wegener's granulomatosis

A rare disorder, where an inflammation of the blood vessels in the nasal passages, lungs and kidneys cause a collection of abnormal cells (granulomas).  It is thought to be an autoimmune disorder, where the body's immune system attacks its own tissues. 





The main symptoms are a bloody discharge, coughing (sometimes producing blood), difficulty in breathing, chest pains, a urinary blood. 


The sufferer may also experience a loss of appetite, weight loss, weakness, fatigue, and pains in the joints. 



Treatment and outlook


Imuosuppressant drugs are used to treat this disorder.  If treated promptly, alleviation will usually occur within a year, although there is a chance of developing kidney failure. 


If left untreated, there may be complications, such as perforation of the nasal septum, inflammation of the eyes, rash nodules / ulcers on the skin, and heart damage (which could be fatal). 



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