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Dr. Steven Griggs
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Polychondritis (Overview)

Polychondritis is a condition of cartilage inflammation and destruction, resulting in damage to the heart valves, blood vessels, throat, ears, nose, and joints.


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What is polychondritis?

What is polychondritis?

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Griggs
16 doctors shared insights

Polychondritis (Overview)

Polychondritis is a condition of cartilage inflammation and destruction, resulting in damage to the heart valves, blood vessels, throat, ears, nose, and joints.


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What are the symptoms of polychondritis?

What are the symptoms of polychondritis?

Inflammation: Inflammation of the ear cartilage or nose cartilage are the most common presenting symptoms. Cartilage of the chestv wall is also frequently involved. ...Read more

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My mother has polychondritis. Does that mean anything significant?

My mother has polychondritis. Does that mean anything significant?

Cartilage inflammati: Polychondritis is an autoimmune disease in which the body attacks its own cartilage. This can affect ears, airway. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for polychondritis?

What is the treatment for polychondritis?

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. ...Read more

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Relapsing polychondritis - was diagnosed in 2010; symptoms previously for 5+ years; any research on a cure available?

Relapsing polychondritis - was diagnosed in 2010; symptoms previously for 5+ years; any research on a cure available?

Awarenesse : The most important issue is the awareness about diagnosis and the establishment of clinics it dose treat this problem and lot of research going on to find cure for this problem. ...Read more

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What is polychondritis?

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. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of polychondritis?

Inflammation: Inflammation of the ear cartilage or nose cartilage are the most common presenting symptoms. Cartilage of the chestv wall is also frequently involved. ...Read more

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What can you tell me about polychondritis ?

What can you tell me about polychondritis  ?

Inflammed cartilage: Relapsing polychondritis (rpc) is an inflammatory condition where your cartilage, for reasons that remain unclear, are targeted by your immune system and become inflamed. Nose, ears, airways, eyes, and joints are the most typically affected organs. Inflamed ears is the most common symptom. Rpc is important to diagnose, since it is associated with other autoimmune diseases and myelodysplasia. ...Read more