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I was recently diagnosed with Relapsing Polychondritis. Can it affect your stomach and GI tract as well?

I was recently diagnosed with Relapsing Polychondritis. Can it affect your stomach and GI tract as well?

Possibility it can: Sometimes there are other phenomena associated with polychondritis like vasculitis. This includes inflammation of blood vessels around the body and causes symptoms. You need to see a rheumatologist for an evaluation ...Read more

Dr. Linda Callaghan
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Polychondritis (Definition)

The term poly means multiple, and the term chondrites refers to an inflammation of the cartilage potion of a structure. So polychondritis refers an inflammatory condition involving the ...Read more


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I have Relapsing Polychondritis and need to know if I should see an ENT doctor or a Rheumatologist?

I have Relapsing Polychondritis and need to know if I should see an ENT doctor or a Rheumatologist?

Possibly both: I would start with a rheumatologist. The condition is primarily diagnosed and treated by a rheumatologist. Sometimes the rheumatologist will refer you to an ENT to help manage a specific issue such as if your pharynx (voice box/vocal cords) are effected. ...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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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

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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 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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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 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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What is the definition or description of: Polychondritis?

What is the definition or description of: Polychondritis?

See below: The term poly means multiple, and the term chondrites refers to an inflammation of the cartilage potion of a structure. So polychondritis refers an inflammatory condition involving the cartilage at multiple sites. ...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

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

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

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. ...Read more

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Could I possibly have Polychondritis? Thanks in advance. I have had ear inflation in the same ear 3 x from July To current. Many joints ache as well.

Could I possibly have Polychondritis? Thanks in advance. I have had ear inflation in the same ear 3 x from July To current. Many joints ache as well.

Rheumatologist: Polychondritis is a very rare condition involving cartilage in various structures of the body. I doubt you have this. The Otolaryngologist should explain why your ear has had a few infections. If you have continual aching of your joints, I recommend a consultation with a rheumatologist for diagnosis and treatment. Appropriate tests will be ordered. ...Read more

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Treatment for relapsed myeloma?

Treatment for relapsed myeloma?

New agents: Pomalidomide and Kyprolis (carfilzomib) were recently approved for treatment of relapsed myeloma- should talk to a hematologist/oncologist for more details. ...Read more

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What causes BV to have a high relapse after treatment?

What causes BV to have a high relapse after treatment?

Mult partners/douche: Partial use of abx. - not finishing treatment, or new sexual partners or douching are majority of causes. ...Read more

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What is the prognosis for a male age 19 with t-cell all combined marrow/em relapse 22 monts after initial diagnosis and 12 months after treatment end?

What is the prognosis for a male age 19 with t-cell all combined marrow/em relapse 22 monts after initial diagnosis and 12 months after treatment end?

Hard question.: Typically a relapse 1 year off therapy implies 48 or more monthsfrom initial diagnosis, not 22 months. Either way, this is salvageable. Remissions rates are probably 75-80% with long term relapse-free rates between 40-60%. Sorry to hear this. Good luck. ...Read more

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What's new in treatment for relapsing remitting ms

What's new in treatment for relapsing remitting ms

Stay tuned: Stay tuned! This field is changing rapidly. Whereas injectable medications are the first tier of therapy, we are entering an era of oral medications and infrequent infusion therapies. Choosing the right therapy from this more and more crowded field of contenders will only get more complex. An MS specialist can help guide the discussion so that individuals can make the best informed choice. ...Read more

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What is the appropriate treatment for relapsed ovarian carcinoma?

What is the appropriate treatment for relapsed ovarian carcinoma?

Chemotherapy: Depends on what you received in the past and how long ago you received it. Also depends on any underlying other medical problems. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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What are your personal experiences of success using erp to treat adult ocd? Relapse rate? Treatment success in symptom reduction?

What are your personal experiences of success using erp to treat adult ocd? Relapse rate? Treatment success in symptom reduction?

ERP works if you do: Exposure and response prevention (erp) for ocd works. It only works, however, if you work and stay committed to it. A therapist who is a good fit will push you to stretch your limits but not so hard that it feels impossible, and will support you through setbacks and encourage you to keep on pushing your limits. If you keep working on it, little by little you will be successful. ...Read more

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I'm doing a treatment for light depression, it passed 7 months and I didn't have one single relapse, for how long must I keep with the treatment?

I'm doing a treatment for light depression, it passed 7 months and I didn't have one single relapse, for how long must I keep with the treatment?

Ending treatment: I understand you've been treated for light or mild depression, have been doing well for 7 months and want to know how long to continue treatment. You need to discuss with your prescribing doctor if you're on medication when and how to taper/stop meds. If you mean therapy with a psychotherapist is your treatment, you need to talk about wanting to end and decide. Great you've been doing well. ...Read more

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Is there a point that you decide that recovery from anorexia is not possible? 25+ yrs, yrs of treatment, in treatment, motivated, but relapsing. Hope?

Is there a point that you decide that recovery from anorexia is not possible? 25+ yrs, yrs of treatment, in treatment, motivated, but relapsing. Hope?

There is hope & help: Anorexia nervosa is complex. The fact that you are seeking help and treatment means you will likely recover. It is extremely important that you have enought calories and gain weight as malnutrition also affects your psyche. Concommitant with this is a good social and psychological support system to address any underlying issues that may have contributed to your illness. Many have recovered fully. ...Read more

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Pls let me know the treatment for bAllinitis I was applying canestan s but it relapse soon I stop applying I also had doxycycline and flucanazole pls?

Pls let me know the treatment for bAllinitis I was applying canestan s but it relapse soon I stop applying I also had doxycycline and flucanazole pls?

Balanitis: Go see Family Doc to determine specific cause of your case of balanitis (http://www. Drugs. Com/health-guide/balanitis. Html) as there are many such that empiric treatment i.e. guessing won't help. Canestan S is a combination of anti fungal & steroid (http://www. Drugs. Com/international/canesten-s.html). Doxycycline is an antibiotic. Fluconazole is another anti fungal. So no more guessing. Identify bu ...Read more