PREVIOUS QUESTION:

 

NEXT QUESTION:

 

What causes relapsing polychondritis?

ANSWER

Doctors don't know what causes relapsing polychondritis. Some think a certain gene may make you more likely to get it, but it doesn't run in families.

It's considered an autoimmune disorder. That means your immune system attacks healthy tissue by mistake. Researchers think some cases might be triggered by stress or things in the environment.

From: What Is Relapsing Polychondritis? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Institutes of Health, National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center: “Relapsing polychondritis.”

National Organization for Rare Disorders: “Relapsing Polychondritis.”

Relapsing Polychondritis Awareness and Support Foundation: “Collaboration Announcement,” “Frequently Asked Questions,” “Relapsing Polychondritis,” “What Happens to Patients with Relapsing Polychondritis?”

Up to Date: “Clinical manifestations of relapsing polychondritis,” “Treatment of relapsing polychondritis.”

Reviewed by Lisa Bernstein on December 26, 2016

SOURCES:

National Institutes of Health, National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center: “Relapsing polychondritis.”

National Organization for Rare Disorders: “Relapsing Polychondritis.”

Relapsing Polychondritis Awareness and Support Foundation: “Collaboration Announcement,” “Frequently Asked Questions,” “Relapsing Polychondritis,” “What Happens to Patients with Relapsing Polychondritis?”

Up to Date: “Clinical manifestations of relapsing polychondritis,” “Treatment of relapsing polychondritis.”

Reviewed by Lisa Bernstein on December 26, 2016

NEXT QUESTION:

What part of the body is affected by relapsing polychondritis?

WAS THIS ANSWER HELPFUL

THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for general informational purposes only and does not address individual circumstances. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and should not be relied on to make decisions about your health. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the WebMD Site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.

    This tool does not provide medical advice. See additional information.