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  • Double vision

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  • Whistling when I breathe

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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is relapsing polychondritis?

Relapsing polychondritis is a rare autoimmune disorder where the immune system mistakenly damages and causes inflammation in cartilage tissue. Cartilage deterioration can affect any part of the body where cartilage is present, but the most commonly affected tissues include the cartilaginous parts of the nose, ear, airways, and joints.

Symptoms of relapsing polychondritis

  • Double vision

  • Noisy breathing; e.g. wheezing, rattling

  • Eye pain

  • Fever

  • Ear pain

  • Eye are bulging or jutting out

  • Nose pain

  • Swollen lymph nodes, usually small swellings at the neck, armpits, groin and behind the ears

Questions your doctor may ask to check for relapsing polychondritis

  • Do you see double?

  • Is your breathing noisy, like wheezing or rattling?

  • Do your eyes hurt?

  • Do you have a fever?

  • Are your ears hurting?

Treatment for relapsing polychondritis

There is no definitive treatment for relapsing polychondritis. Anti-inflammatory drugs can provide symptomatic relief. Surgery may be required in some cases to reconstruct the nasal passages and airways.

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References

  • Haslag-Minoff J, Regunath H. Relapsing Polychondritis. N Engl J Med. 2018 May 3;378(18):1715. doi: 10.1056/NEJMicm1713302. PMID: 29719184.

    https://www.nejm.org/doi/10.1056/NEJMicm1713302

  • Puéchal X, Terrier B, Mouthon L, Costedoat-Chalumeau N, Guillevin L, Le Jeunne C. Relapsing polychondritis. Joint Bone Spine. 2014 Mar;81(2):118-24. doi: 10.1016/j.jbspin.2014.01.001. Epub 2014 Feb 18. PMID: 24556284.

    https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1297319X14000025?via%3Dihub

  • de Montmollin N, Dusser D, Lorut C, Dion J, Costedoat-Chalumeau N, Mouthon L, Chassagnon G, Revel MP, Puéchal X. Tracheobronchial involvement of relapsing polychondritis. Autoimmun Rev. 2019 Sep;18(9):102353. doi: 10.1016/j.autrev.2019.102353. Epub 2019 Jul 16. PMID: 31323366.

    https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1568997219301533?via%3Dihub

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Caroline M. Doan, DO

Caroline M. Doan, DO (Internal medicine)

Dr. Doan received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from UCLA. Prior to obtaining her medical degree, she was involved in oncology clinical research at City of Hope, a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center in southern California. She attended medical school at Touro University California, and completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University. She is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and holds an active medical license in several states. She currently works as a physician for Signify Health providing home-based health care.

Kaito Nakamura, MD

Kaito Nakamura, MD (Rheumatology & Allergy)

Dr. Nakamura is a rheumatologist who has practiced in the Ota Nishinouchi Hospital attached to Ota General Hospital, National Health Insurance Matsudo City Hospital, Chiba University Hospital, and the National Health Insurance Asahi Central Hospital.

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