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A 45-year-old member asked:

what are the symptoms of polychondritis?

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Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 48 years experience
Inflammation: Inflammation of the ear cartilage or nose cartilage are the most common presenting symptoms. Cartilage of the chestv wall is also frequently involved.

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A 43-year-old member asked:

Why are some people more likely to develop polychondritis than others?

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Dr. John Goldman
Rheumatology 55 years experience
Not known: It is a chronic inflammatory condition involving the cartialge. Its cause is unknown. It is felt to be autoimmune and people can have antibodies to cartilage and collagen. There is an assocaition of other autoimmune disorders - systemic vasculitis, inflammatory eye disease, thyroid disease, sjogren's, systemic lupus and inflammatory bowel disease.
A 43-year-old member asked:

What is the treatment for polychondritis?

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Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 48 years experience
Depends.: Steroids, methotrexate, azothioprine, and more recently tnf-alpha inhibitors. Your rheumatologist or immunologist will decide what is appropriate. Most patients are on a NSAID for pain.
A 34-year-old member asked:

I was recently diagnosed with polychondritis. I'm looking for anyone who has information about this?

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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
Check your area for: Rhuomatalogist.
A 33-year-old male asked:

What is polychondritis?

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Dr. John Goldman
Rheumatology 55 years experience
Cartilage inflammation: It is a general inflammation of cartilage disorder. Poly means many and chondritis means cartilage inflammation. Cartllage imflammation is in various areas in the body. The cartilage becomes inflamed and it is inflamed due to an auto immune attack against the cartilage. Certain areas are susceptible especially ears and trachea. Joint pain occurs because of inflammation of cartilage in the joints.
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A member asked about a 44-year-old female:

What is the life expectancy of someone with relapse polychondritis?

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Dr. Ronald Krauser
Rheumatology 52 years experience
It really depends: This is a difficult question to answer. It really depends on the severity of the disease. Tracheal and aortic valve involvement can be a significant issue. As Prednisone is the basic therapy, an affected individual also has to deal with the long-term toxicities associated with Prednisone or other immunosuppressive therapies.

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