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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is relapsing polychondritis?

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

Symptoms of relapsing polychondritis

  • Fever

  • Eye pain

  • Ear pain

  • Swelling of any body part

  • Eye are bulging or jutting out

  • Noisy breathing; e.g. wheezing, rattling

  • Sore throat

  • Double vision

Questions your doctor may ask to check for relapsing polychondritis

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose relapsing polychondritis

  • Do you have a fever?

  • Do you have eye pain?

  • Do you have ear pain?

  • Do you have any swelling in any part of your body?

  • Do your eyes bulge outwards?

Treatment for relapsing polychondritis

There is no definitive treatment for relapsing polychondritis. Anti-inflammatory drugs are useful in providing symptomatic relief. Surgery may be required in some cases for reconstruction of the nasal passages and airways.

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