Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Wegener's Granulomatosis Underlying Cause

Wegener's granulomatosis results from an abnormal immune system, which normally fights infection. The immune system mistakenly attacks normal blood vessels, which causes inflammation and swelling of the blood vessels. The cause of the abnormal immune system in Wegener's granulomatosis is unknown. Over time, this process can destroy tissues that are supplied by the blood vessels.

Last Updated: Jun 17, 2009 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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