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From: What Is Relapsing Polychondritis? WebMD Medical Reference

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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

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