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Relapsing polychondritis

Other Names for this Disease
  • Chronic atrophic polychondritis
  • Recurrent polychondritis
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Relapsing polychondritis is a condition that affects connective tissue, particularly cartilage. Cartilage is a tough but flexible tissue that covers the ends of your bones at a joint, and gives shape and support to other parts of your body. Early symptoms of relapsing polychondritis may include irritation, redness, and swelling (inflammation) of the ears, nose, and/or eye. A person may experience arthritis involving multiple joints as well.  Relapsing polychondritis may affect the inner ear, heart, and skin and can cause sensorineural deafness, vertigo, aortic valve regurgitation, mitral valve regurgitation, and aneurysms.[1]

Last updated: 1/6/2010


  1. KR Jones. Infections and manifestations of systemic disease of the larynx. In: Cummings et al.,. Otolaryngology: Head & Neck Surgery, 4th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Mosby, Inc; 2005;
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