William VanDecker, MD; Ioannis P. Panidis, MD
Relapsing polychondritis is an inflammatory disorder of cartilage in the spectrum of rheumatic vasculitides. The disease usually affects middle-aged men and is manifested by auricular and nasal chondritis, fever, seronegative arthritis, laryngeal and tracheal symptoms, audiovestibular complaints, ocular inflammation, and a saddle nose (1-3). There have been occasional reports of cardiovascular involvement (4-8). We report the case of a patient with relapsing polychondritis who developed severe aortic and mitral regurgitation requiring double-valve replacement.
A 54-year-old black man with a history of intravenous drug abuse in the distant past had relapsing polychondritis determined by waxing and waning auricular and nasal septal
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VanDecker W, Panidis IP. Relapsing Polychondritis and Cardiac Valvular Involvement. Ann Intern Med. 1988;109:340–341. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-109-4-340
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1988;109(4):340-341.
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