Relapsing Polychondritis

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Definition

Relapsing Polychondritis is a rare and chronic condition where the cartilage of different tissues become inflamed. Part of the body affect may include the ears, the nose, windpipe, spine and joints. Because the heat, eyes and blood vessels have similar make-ups, these can also be affected.

Diagnosis

There is no specific test to check relapsing polychondritis, but blood tests can be used to check for the sources of inflammations. Doctors will also test for other related diseases.

Treatment

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are usually prescribed to treat the inflammations like ibuprofen and naproxen. Steroid, however, are usually required especially when breathing becomes hard.

Symptoms and Signs

Relapsing Polychondritis is a rare and chronic condition where the cartilage of different tissues become inflamed. Part of the body affect may include the ears, the nose, windpipe, spine and joints. Because the heat, eyes and blood vessels have similar make-ups, these can also be affected.

Causes

The cause of this disorder is unknown, however it is believed to an autoimmune or an immune system disorder.

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