Relapsing Polychondritis

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Relapsing polychondritis is a rare, progressive disease that causes episodic inflammation of the cartilage in the body, including the ears, nose, larynx and trachea. Deterioration of the cartilage may lead to part of the body to become “floppy,” and the nose can collapse into a “saddlenose” shape. Additional symptoms include sudden onset of pain, tenderness and swelling of the cartilage in the ears. While the exact cause is unknown, it is thought to be an autoimmune disease. Treatment includes corticosteroid drugs, including prednisone, aspirin and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory compounds.

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