The Human Phenotype Ontology (HPO) provides the following list of features that have been reported in people with this condition. Much of the information in the HPO comes from Orphanet, a European rare disease database. If available, the list includes a rough estimate of how common a feature is (its frequency). Frequencies are based on a specific study and may not be representative of all studies. You can use the MedlinePlus Medical Dictionary for definitions of the terms below.
|Signs and Symptoms||Approximate number of patients (when available)|
|Abnormality of the nose||90%|
|Chondritis of pinna||90%|
|External ear malformation||90%|
|Abnormality of temperature regulation||50%|
|Abnormality of the aortic valve||50%|
|Abnormality of the pericardium||50%|
|Abnormality of the voice||50%|
|Dilatation of the ascending aorta||50%|
|Inflammatory abnormality of the eye||50%|
|Limitation of joint mobility||50%|
|Abnormality of the endocardium||7.5%|
|Abnormality of the liver||7.5%|
|Abnormality of the mitral valve||7.5%|
|Abnormality of the myocardium||7.5%|
|Abnormality of the oral cavity||7.5%|
|Conductive hearing impairment||7.5%|
|Congestive heart failure||7.5%|
|Coronary artery disease||7.5%|
|Cranial nerve paralysis||7.5%|
|Recurrent respiratory infections||7.5%|
|Sensorineural hearing impairment||7.5%|
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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. See 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. See 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? See answer