Category Archives: Disease

When you have to see a dentist

So I had a dental appointment on Wednesday. I usually hate to go not because I’m treated badly, but because I usually have either cavities or another tooth ready to give up the ghost. This time I had both. Apparently … Continue reading

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Labs done for this quarter

One of the things that we don’t like to talk about as WG patients is the time we spend at doctor offices and laboratories. And yes, I was getting my labs done this morning at the laboratory a few miles … Continue reading

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Gamma Globulins and me

The last half a year I have been talking to several doctors about white blood cells and my lowered gamma globulins. Because of my vasculitis disease and chemo-suppressed immune system, my rheumatologist wanted to make sure that I didn’t need … Continue reading

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Tyler’s Hope

Having to deal with a chronic illness myself, it is very hard for me to see a child like Tyler start his life with such pain and suffering. Tyler is in second grade and has been diagnosed with Dystonia. “Dystonia … Continue reading

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Systemic small sized vessel vasculitis after massive antigen inhalation

We and others have proposed that desensitisation, vaccination, or inhalation of antigens by asthmatic patients may trigger Churg-Strauss syndrome (CSS).1-4 Few observations of vasculitis occurring immediately after massive inhalation of a presumed antigen have been published.2 We describe here four … Continue reading

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Wegener’s Granulomatosis

What is Wegener’s granulomatosis? Wegener’s granulomatosis is a uncommon type of inflammation of small arteries and veins (vasculitis). It classically involves inflammation of the arteries that supply blood to the tissues of the lungs, the nasal passages (sinuses), and the … Continue reading

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M.D. Anderson-led team reports possible key to autoimmune disease

Body’s own DNA coupled with a peptide ignites immune response usually aimed at fighting infection HOUSTON – A human peptide that acts as a natural antibiotic against invading microbes can also bind to the body’s own DNA and trigger an … Continue reading

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