Wegener's Granulomatosis: Clinical features and outcome in seventeen patients

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Seventeen patients with Wegener's granulomatosis are reviewed. Eleven males and six females, with a mean age of 46.9± 4.5 years, were followed for 35.7 ± 9.0 months. Mean duration from time of onset of symptoms to diagnosis was 8.5 ±3.1 months. Constitutional symptoms (100%), lower respiratory tract involvement (93%), renal involvement (87%), and upper respiratory tract involvement (80%) were the most frequent clinical manifestations. Arthritis (60%), dermal vasculitis (60%), and inflammatory ocular disease (40%) were also common. Elevated ESR (94%), anemia (70%), and lymphopenia (77%) were frequent laboratory findings prior to treatment. Five patients had renal failure at presentation and two patients progressed from no renal involvement at presentation to renal failure at diagnosis, while five patients progressed from renal involvement without impairment at diagnosis to end‐stage renal failure. Seven patients died; six of these deaths were related to active Wegener's granulomatosis. The patients with a severe systemic vasculitis, and renal involvement had a poor outcome while predominant respiratory disease had a good prognosis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)241-245
Number of pages5
JournalAustralian and New Zealand Journal of Medicine
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1985


  • granulomatous vasculitis
  • Wegener's Granulomatosis

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