Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis

Granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA), formerly called Wegener’s granulomatosis, is a rare blood vessel disease. It’s a type of vasculitis, or inflammation of the blood vessels, specifically small- and medium-sized blood vessels causing an inability of blood to flow properly and deliver oxygen to cells around the body. Granuloma, or cellular inflammation, occurs, causing damage in the sinuses, lungs, and kidneys, but may also affect eyes, ears, skin, nerves, joints and other organs. GPA is a rare condition, affecting only 3 out of every 100,000 people, typically aged 40 to 65 and equally affecting women and men.

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