Our multidisciplinary team
at the Yale Sinus and Allergy Program has extensive experience in treating patients with a variety of connective tissue diseases, including Wegener’s granulomatosis and sarcoidosis. Connective tissue plays a role in many parts of the body, including tendons, blood, cartilage, bone, fat tissue, and lymphatic tissue. The main building blocks of connective tissue are the proteins collagen and elastin. Elastin allows the tissue to stretch and then return to its original size.
Wegener’s granulomatosis is a connective tissue disease that affects blood vessels, making blood flow restricted when the blood vessels swell. Common effects of Wegener’s granulomatosis include a constantly runny nose, pus-filled nasal discharge, nosebleeds, and sinus pain and inflammation.
Patients with sarcoidosis develop tiny clumps of inflammatory cells in different areas of the body, such as the lungs, lymph nodes, eyes, and skin. Sarcoidosis is most likely caused by an immune response to an airborne irritant. For some people, sarcoidosis will go away without treatment. Other people may experience sarcoidosis throughout their lives.
At the Yale Sinus and Allergy Program, our multidisciplinary team
of specialists works with you to create a customized treatment plan for your specific type of connective tissue disease and symptoms.