How is relapsing Polychondritis treated?

What does relapsing polychondritis feel like?

Typically, relapsing polychondritis causes sudden pain in the inflamed tissue at the onset of the disease. Common symptoms are pain, redness, swelling, and tenderness in one or both ears, the nose, throat, joints, and/or eyes. The lobe of the ear is not involved. Fever, fatigue, and weight loss often develop.

How do I know if I have relapsing polychondritis?

Signs & Symptoms

Symptoms of relapsing polychondritis usually begin with the sudden onset of pain, tenderness and swelling of the cartilage of one or both ears. This inflammation may spread to the fleshy portion of the outer ear causing it to narrow. Attacks may last several days to weeks before subsiding.

How do you test for Polychondritis?

The diagnosis of relapsing polychondritis (RPC) is established by the combination of clinical findings, supportive laboratory data, imaging procedures, and biopsy of an involved cartilaginous site (see ‘Diagnostic criteria’ below). There is no blood test that is specific for RPC.

Is relapsing polychondritis a terminal illness?

Relapsing polychondritis (RP) is a systemic inflammatory disease of unknown etiology that can be fatal. The disease affects multiple organs, particularly cartilaginous structures such as the ears, nose, airways and joints as well as eyes, skin, heart valves and brain.

How long can you live with polychondritis?

The most typical patient with polychondritis is middle aged (between 45 and 55 years), and the disease occurs equally in males and females. The 10-year survival rate reported in 1986 was 55%,4 whereas in 1998, another study showed that 94% of patients were alive after 8 years.

Can polychondritis go away?

Polychondritis is a chronic (long-lasting) disease, although medications frequently can reduce the severity of symptoms. Sometimes, the disease goes into spontaneous remission, meaning it goes away temporarily, whether or not the person is treated.

What are two signs and symptoms of Perichondritis?


  • Redness.
  • Swelling.
  • Pain.
  • Pus or other fluid discharge (in severe cases)
  • Fever (in severe cases)
  • Deformation of the ear structure (in severe cases)

Who treats relapsing polychondritis?

Relapsing polychondritis is a complex condition that requires a team approach for patient care, as follows: Dermatologists or specialists in infectious diseases are often involved early in the course of the disease to evaluate the patient for infectious causes of cellulitis or perichondritis.

Who gets relapsing polychondritis?

The pain from RP usually comes on suddenly, and it can happen to both men and women, and to people of all ages. But it’s more likely to start between the ages of 40 and 60. It affects people in different ways. Some get a mild case of RP once in a while, and the symptoms go away on their own.

Can you live a normal life with relapsing polychondritis?

In earlier studies, the 5-year survival rate associated with relapsing polychondritis was reported to be 66%-74% (45% if relapsing polychondritis occurs with systemic vasculitis), with a 10-year survival rate of 55%. More recently, Trentham and Le found a survival rate of 94% at 8 years.

Can relapsing polychondritis affect the brain?

RP also is a cause of limbic encephalitis. It can present as cognitive dysfunction, memory impairment, seizures, depression, anxiety and hallucinations (6). In the second case, the patient showed hallucination and agitation, which are symptoms of limbic encephalitis.