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BMJ Case Rep. 2010; 2010: bcr09.2009.2296.
Published online 2010 January 13. doi:  10.1136/bcr.09.2009.2296
PMCID: PMC3029874
Rare disease

Wegener’s granulomatosis in pregnancy: a case report and review of the medical literature


A Caucasian woman in the third trimester of her sixth pregnancy was diagnosed with Wegener’s granulomatosis (WG) following investigation for recurrent ear infections and a persistent dry cough. Chest radiograph showed granulomatous lesions and the c-ANCA (antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody) was strongly positive. She required pulsed methylprednisolone and cyclophosphamide followed by oral prednisolone and azathioprine to control the disease process during and after pregnancy. Neither the disease nor aggressive treatment adversely affected the pregnancy and she delivered a healthy baby girl by elective induction at 37 weeks. A review of the literature on Wegener’s granulomatosis in pregnancy is presented.

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