Wegener's granulomatosis confined to nervous system

M. Lucchetta, M. Favero, F. Schiavon, A. Cagnin, R. Manara, A. Rotilio, E. Orvieto, C. Giannini, C. Briani

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Abstract

Wegener's granulomatosis (WG) is a multisy stemic necrotising granulomatous vasculitis of small and medium sized vessels, that primarily involves the upper and lower respiratory tracts, lung tissues and kidneys. Serum antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies (ANCA) are a sensitive and specific marker of WG. Whereas the peripheral nervous system is often involved in WG, central nervous system manifestations are reported only in 2-8%, and are rarely present at onset. We report on a patient with atypical neurological presentation of ANCA negative WG in whom the diagnosis was made only after a meningeal biopsy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalBMJ case reports
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StatePublished - Nov 20 2008

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Lucchetta, M., Favero, M., Schiavon, F., Cagnin, A., Manara, R., Rotilio, A., Orvieto, E., Giannini, C., & Briani, C. (2008). Wegener's granulomatosis confined to nervous system. BMJ case reports. https://doi.org/10.1136/bcr.06.2008.0283