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Dr. EVAN Leibowitz Dr. Leibowitz
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
21 years in practice
University of Sheffield Medical School, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
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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.

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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


Dr. Ahmad M Hadied Dr. Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery
45 years in practice
University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Ahmad M Hadied Dr. Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery
45 years in practice
University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Lonnie Smith Dr. Smith
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
35 years in practice
UCLA School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Ronald Krauser Dr. Krauser
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
48 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Lonnie Smith Dr. Smith
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
35 years in practice
UCLA School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Thomas Namey Dr. Namey
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
44 years in practice
Washington University School of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Alvin Wells Dr. Wells
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
38 years in practice
University of South Florida College of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Ronald Krauser Dr. Krauser
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
48 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Edward Hellman Dr. Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery
25 years in practice
University of Illinois College of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Thomas Namey Dr. Namey
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
44 years in practice
Washington University School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Alfred Kim Dr. Kim
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
12 years in practice
Drexel University College of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Bruce Rothschild Dr. Rothschild
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
37 years in practice
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
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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.

Dr. John Goldman Dr. Goldman
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
51 years in practice
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Bruce Rothschild Dr. Rothschild
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
37 years in practice
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
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Could polychondritis cause muscle twitches?

Could polychondritis cause muscle twitches?

No: No, but there could be an associated muscle disorder.

Dr. John Goldman Dr. Goldman
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
51 years in practice
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Sameer Gupta Dr. Gupta
Internal Medicine - Oncology
14 years in practice
University of Delhi, Maulana Azad Medical College
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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.

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Dr. Kamlesh Desai Dr. Desai
Family Medicine
19 years in practice
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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.