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What is Relapsing Polychondritis (RP)?

Relapsing Polychondritis (RP) is rare, systematic, potentially fatal inflammatory disease of unknown etiology.  

It consists of the deterioration and destruction of cartilage and cartilage-like structures in the body. 

This can include the ears, eyes, nose, throat, joints and even the internal organs. 


What are some common symptoms?

Every RP patient is different - they may have some, but not all, of the following symptoms:

  • Ear pain, which may include swelling and redness
  • Nose pain, which  may include swelling and redness
  • Throat pain, which may include change in voice, shortness of breath, dry cough
  • Red, painful, swollen eyes
  • Rib pain and tenderness
  • Joint pain or swelling

Do you think you have RP?

If you think you or someone you know has RP,  talk to your doctor. 

RP is considered rare, so it is important to rule out other conditions before making a diagnosis.