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Pediatr Pulmonol. 2003 Apr;35(4):314-7.

Laryngotracheal involvement of relapsing polychondritis in a Korean girl.

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Department of Pediatrics, Asan Medical Center, College of Medicine, Ulsan University, Seoul, Korea.

Abstract

We describe a young girl presenting with acute dyspnea because of laryngotracheal involvement of relapsing polychondritis (RP). RP, a multisystemic disorder of unknown etiology, is a very rare disease in children. It is characterized by inflammation and destruction of the cartilaginous structure of many organs, including the respiratory tract. Early respiratory tract involvement in younger patients is the greatest threat to life, and aggressive therapy, including tracheostomy and intravenous high-dose steroids, is advocated.

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12629631
DOI:
10.1002/ppul.10247
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