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Does anyone have knowledge of relapsing polychondritis?

Does anyone have knowledge of relapsing polychondritis?

Polychondritis: Polychondritis, also called relapsing polychondritis, is a rare disease in which cartilage in many areas of the body becomes inflamed. The disease most commonly affects the ears, nose and the airways of the lungs. The cause is not known, and it occurs most often in people in their 50s or 60s. One theory is that polychondritis might be an autoimmune disease. ...Read more

Polychondritis (Definition)

Polychondritis is a condition of cartilage inflammation and destruction, resulting in damage to the heart valves, blood vessels, throat, ...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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Red ear syndrome and Relapsing polychondritis differences?

Red ear syndrome and Relapsing polychondritis differences?

Multiple: Red ear syndrome involves pain and redness in around the ear. Relapsing polychondritis involves cartilage of multiple sites. The red ear syndrome involves most time a trigger of movement of the ear, the other is an auto immune problem attacking multiple cartilages. ...Read more

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I would like a surgeon/physician with knowledge of relapsing polychondritis, can you tell me what that is?

I would like a surgeon/physician with knowledge of relapsing polychondritis, can you tell me what that is?

Sure: This is a condition characterized by inflammation and deterioration of cartilage. I can be life=threatening if not recognized and treated when it involves respiratory tract, heart valves or blood vessels. ...Read more

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My ear turns bright red and,burns only on 1 side do I And the bottom half stays normal.. Do I have Relapsing polychondritis?

My ear turns bright red and,burns only on 1 side do I And the bottom half stays normal.. Do I have Relapsing polychondritis?

Need more info: Relapsing polychondritis is usually involves more than one cartilage site with pain and inflammation. You need to be seen by physician and be tested. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy of someone with relapse polychondritis?

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. ...Read more

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Patient with a rare autoimmune disease (relapsing polychondritis) with new onset worsening cramping of muscles over body worsening over time.....?

Patient with a rare autoimmune disease (relapsing polychondritis) with new onset worsening cramping of muscles over body worsening over time.....?

RPC: As a rheumatologist, I have quite a few patients with relapsing polychondritis (RPC). Patient is do respond to therapy but do require routine evaluations every 3-4 months. There are multiple drugs that may be used but this depends on clinical findings as well as laboratory and imaging findings. I recommend that you be seen by a rheumatologist. ...Read more

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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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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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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