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Relapsing polychondritis


Other Names for this Disease
  • Chronic atrophic polychondritis
  • Recurrent polychondritis
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  • My mom was diagnosed with relapsing polychondritis about ten years ago.  Her's was a very serious condition. I was just wondering if it is genetic. As far as we know I have no other family history of this condition. I just worry for my future and possibly my kids. And also is there any type of genetic tests that can be done to see if I will end up having what my mom has or anything else weird. Click here for answer

  • I was diagnosed with relapsing polychondritis about a month ago. I would like to know if there are certain foods I should avoid that could trigger the pains associated with this condition. Click here for answer

  • My wife was diagnosed with relapsing polychondritis over 6 years ago. Her ear flares up about 2-3 times a year. In the beginning it went away on its own; now she takes prednisone but only during the flare. Our doctor says the next step would be methotrexate but before that she'd be on daily prednisone. The disease doesn't seem to be progressing and CT and PET scans indicate no other damage. Is there something more we should be doing such as diet supplements or other medications? Are there other things we should be watching for? Click here for answer