Wegener’s granulomatosis (or Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis (GPA))

Wegener’s granulomatosis (or Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis (GPA))

Wegener’s granulomatosis (now termed Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis (GPA) is a rare autoimmune related disease

Wegener’s granulomatosis (now termed Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis (GPA)) is a rare autoimmune related disease. It is a type of vasculitis, or inflammation of the blood vessels. The inflammation limits the flow of blood to important organs, causing damage. It can affect any organ, but it mainly affects the sinuses, nose, trachea (windpipe), lungs, and kidneys. The cause of GPA is unknown. It can affect people at any age. Men and women are equally affected. It is more common in Caucasians. Symptoms may include joint pain, weakness, tiredness, and cold symptoms such as a runny nose that does not get better. Doctors use blood tests, chest X-rays, and biopsies to diagnose GPA and rule out other causes of the symptoms. Early treatment is important. Most people improve with medicines to slow or stop the inflammation.

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Patricia Barber
Patricia Barber
For the last 20 years, Pat has been helping patients and caregivers live better lives, advocate for change, and Virginia's "right hand" making sure the "i's" are dotted and the "t's" are crossed. She lives in Michigan and couldn't picture herself doing anything but helping the autoimmune community.

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