What Causes Relapsing Polychondritis?

What Causes Relapsing Polychondritis

What Causes Relapsing Polychondritis?

The causes or triggers of Relapsing Polychondritis are unknown.

Some medical experts suspect that environment may play a role.

The medical community suspects that Relapsing Polychondritis is related to with other inflammatory diseases.

On a personal note, I have Sheehan’s Syndrome and I developed Relapsing Polychondritis six years after my Sheehan’s Syndrome diagnosis.

In 50 percent of Relapsing Polychondritis patients, there is confirmation of thrombocytosis, leukocytosis, and normochromic normocytic anemia.

Another personal note, I am part of the 50 percent that has thrombocytosis and anemia.

Symptoms Of Relapsing Polychondritis

Bright red ears are usually the first symptom of Relapsing Polychondritis.

However, in my experience with Relapsing Polychondritis, it was the cartilage in my rib cage that suffered numerous attacks.

The pain from the Relapsing Polychondritis inflammation in my rib cage brought me to my knees.

Several doctors suspected my Gallbladder was inflamed.

My Gallbladder was fine and the excoriating pain subsided after I was given IV steroids to prevent an adrenal crisis.

It was not until several years later that my ears bubbled over with bright red inflammation and open sores.

I had Red Ear; tenderness, swelling, red rash (a pimple like) breakouts and redness in one or both ears.

Relapsing Polychondritis has also been known to be called, “Red Ear”.

The lobe of the ear does not have cartilage and is not does not have inflammation.

Other Symptoms Of Relapsing Polychondritis Include:

Inflammation Of Cartilage Areas



Tenderness can also affect the nose, throat, joints, and eyes

Shortness of breath



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