Relapsing polychondritis is a relatively rare disease characterized by episodic inflammation and progressive destruction of cartilage involving ears, nasal and laryngotracheal cartilage, cardiovascular system and the eyes. The increasing awareness of its clinically distinct has resulted in recognition of at least 550 reported cases. Six cases are reported to demonstrate the wide variety of clinical pattern. The most common features of the disease are auricular and nasal cartilage inflammation and nondeforming arthritis. Ocular symptoms and vasculitis is relatively rare. Two cases of relapsing polychondritis with laryngotracheobronchial manifestations illustrate the severe clinical features of the disease. Relapsing polychondritis may associate with diverse forms of connective tissue disease, such as rheumatoid arthritis. It seems interesting to note the onset in childhood. Treatment has been primarily symptomatic. In situations of mild symptoms, initial treatment is with nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs. For cases with serious manifestation, corticosteroids and immunosuppressants are indicated.
|Number of pages||5|
|Publication status||Published - Jun 18 2000|
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