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Can relapsing polychondritis cause serious problems?

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Depending on where relapsing polychondritis affects you, it can cause problems with a heart valve or kidney issues. If it affects your inner ear, you could feel sick to your stomach or have trouble with hearing and balance. If the disease gets into your windpipe, it can cause a cough and make it hard to breathe or swallow. You also can have severe relapsing polychondritis pain in your breastbone and ribs.

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 Brunilda Nazario on September 8, 2020

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 Brunilda Nazario on September 8, 2020

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