What Is Relapsing Polychondritis?

What Is Relapsing Polychondritis?

what is relapsing polychondritis?

What Is Relapsing Polychondritis?

Relapsing Polychondritis is a rare inflammatory, autoimmune disease. 

For over a decade I have been overwhelmed by numerous rare medical conditions including Relapsing Polychondritis, (RP).

The following is a break down of the medical term, Relapsing Polychondritis :

Chondritis refers to cartilage
Poly means more than one episode
Relapsing as a noun means to fall back or return

Relapsing Polychondritis is an inflammatory disease that affects the body’s cartilage.

What Is Cartilage?

Cartilage is flexible strong tissue that gives form and support to part of your body.

The inflammation of cartilage can lead to the neurosis of the cartilage.

Relapsing Polychondritis can affect any part of your body that is cartilage.

Where Is Cartilage Found?

The affected cartilage of the body may include:
, Heart and Blood Vessels
may be affected as they have a  biochemical makeup that is similar to cartilage.

A diagnosis of Relapsing Polychondritis is usually not easily found.

Relapsing Polychondritis is rare and affects only 3 to 5 people per million. 

The first symptom of Relapsing Polychondritis is usually inflammation of the ear cartilage.

However, Relapsing Polychondritis may first affect a different cartilage than ears.

What Causes Relapsing Polychondritis?

Relapsing Polychondritis is an autoimmune rare disease.

What causes or triggers Relapsing Polychondritis is unknown.

Some medical experts believe that Relapsing Polychondritis may be triggered from an autoimmunity. 

Unfortunately, due to the rare of Relapsing Polychondritis, there is not sufficient amount of medical data.

How Is Relapsing Polychondritis Treated?

The first course of treatment for Relapsing Polychondritis is Prednisone (Steroids).

If steroids do not resolve the chronic inflammatory condition of Relapsing Polychondritis then addition medication is given.

Relapsing Polychondritis is usually progressive and may result in blindness, loss of hearing and death.

 However, a person may go into remission from Relapsing Polychondritis for long periods of time.

I hope this HypoGal blog post, What Is Relapsing Polychondritis? has been useful. 

You can find additional Relapsing Polychondritis information and health tips on the HypoGal website. 


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