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What is Relapsing Polychondritis?

What is Relapsing Polychondritis?

  • Relapsing Polychondritis: A chronic disease that affects multiple joints resulting in inflammation and degeneration.
  • Relapsing Polychondritis: An acquired disease of unknown etiology, chronic course, and tendency to recur. It is characterized by inflammation and degeneration of cartilage and can result in deformities such as floppy ear and saddle nose. Loss of cartilage in the respiratory tract can lead to respiratory obstruction.
    Source - Diseases Database

Ophanet, a consortium of European partners, currently defines a condition rare when it affects 1 person per 2,000. They list Relapsing Polychondritis as a "rare disease".
Source - Orphanet

Relapsing Polychondritis: Introduction

Types of Relapsing Polychondritis:

Broader types of Relapsing Polychondritis:

How serious is Relapsing Polychondritis?

Complications of Relapsing Polychondritis: see complications of Relapsing Polychondritis

What causes Relapsing Polychondritis?

Causes of Relapsing Polychondritis: see causes of Relapsing Polychondritis
Cause of Relapsing Polychondritis: Probably autoimmune.

What are the symptoms of Relapsing Polychondritis?

Symptoms of Relapsing Polychondritis: see symptoms of Relapsing Polychondritis

Complications of Relapsing Polychondritis: see complications of Relapsing Polychondritis

Can anyone else get Relapsing Polychondritis?

Contagion of autoimmunity: generally not; see details in contagion of autoimmune diseases.

Relapsing Polychondritis: Testing

Misdiagnosis: see misdiagnosis and Relapsing Polychondritis.

How is it treated?

Doctors and Medical Specialists for Relapsing Polychondritis: Rheumatologist ; see also doctors and medical specialists for Relapsing Polychondritis.
Treatments for Relapsing Polychondritis: see treatments for Relapsing Polychondritis
Research for Relapsing Polychondritis: see research for Relapsing Polychondritis

Organs Affected by Relapsing Polychondritis:

Organs and body systems related to Relapsing Polychondritis include:

Name and Aliases of Relapsing Polychondritis

Main name of condition: Relapsing Polychondritis

Class of Condition for Relapsing Polychondritis: autoimmune

Other names or spellings for Relapsing Polychondritis:

chronic atrophic polychondritis, polychondritis chronica atrophicans, polychondropathia

Polychondritis, Myenberg-Altherr-Uehlinger syndrome Source - Diseases Database

Relapsing Polychondritis: Related Conditions

Research the causes of these diseases that are similar to, or related to, Relapsing Polychondritis:


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