What is it?

Relapsing polychondritis (RP) refers to a rare condition affecting the joints in the body. It is an autoimmune condition which typically occurs between the ages 40-60 in both men and women. It could range from mild cases to more severe cases causing pain and frequent attacks. It could accompany other autoimmune conditions such as vasculitis or lupus.

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Signs & symptoms

Symptoms include changes in the nose appearance such as a dip in the nose bridge, ear pain, redness in the ears, painful and swollen joints, rib pain, throat or neck pain, trouble breathing, swallowing and speaking, and rashes.


Diagnosis is based upon findings from medical history and physical examination. Further evaluation may include imaging tests of the joints, and blood tests for signs of inflammation.


Treatment includes medications such as anti inflammatories, steroids and immunosuppressive medications.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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