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Relapsing Polychondritis

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Relapsing Polychondritis

  • Pathophysiology
  1. Not infectious
  2. Rare collagen vascular disease
  3. Affects at least 2 cartilaginous sites
  • Findings
  • Symptoms and signs
  1. Auricle
    1. Pain and swelling
    2. Inflammation and local destruction
  2. Ear lobe is spared
  3. Sensorineural Hearing Loss may be associated
  4. Vertigo in 20% of cases
  • Diagnosis
  1. Biopsy
  • Management
  1. Systemic Corticosteroids
  2. Refer to Otolaryngology (ENT)