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
VanDecker W, Panidis IP. Relapsing Polychondritis and Cardiac Valvular Involvement. Ann Intern Med. ;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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