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Eur J Rheumatol. 2015 Dec;2(4):155-159. Epub 2015 Dec 1.

Relapsing polychondritis.

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Department of Rheumatology, Koç University Faculty of Medicine, İstanbul, Turkey.


Relapsing polychondritis (RPC) is a unique and rarely observed autoimmune condition regarded as recurrent extensive chondritis of the auricular, nasal, and tracheal cartilages. Moreover, heart, main arteries, skin, and eyes may be involved. Several forms of clinical manifestations may be seen, and the pathogenesis still remains anonymous. A concomitant disease, particularly myelodysplasia or other systemic autoimmune disease can be detected in one-third of the patients with RPC. The treatment of RPC should be considered on personal basis and classified according to disease activity and severity. This study reviews the available data on clinical manifestations, pathogenesis, diagnosis, and therapeutics of the RPC.


Relapsing polychondritis; clinics; review

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