Relapsing Polychondritis Treatment in Cambridge, OH
Relapsing polychondritis is a disorder defined by chronic inflammation of cartilage in areas of the body. These can include the ears, nose, trachea and in all other places where cartilage tissue is found. While the cause of the disorder is unknown, it is believed to be an autoimmune disease. The disease is incredibly rare and occurs most frequently in the middle-aged.
Symptoms of Relapsing Polychondritis
- Swelling and redness in the ears or nose
- Inflammation and irritation of the eyes
- Collapse of cartilage in the ears, nose, or trachea
- Skin rashes and vascular issues
- Problems in other areas of the body including the heart or kidneys (in rare cases)
Relapsing Polychondritis Diagnosis
A number of procedures are used to diagnose relapsing polychondritis. Some of the most common methods are listed below:
- Biopsies: To detect inflammation in cartilage tissue samples
- Blood tests: Testing for erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) and C-reactive protein may gauge inflammation
- Spirometry: Tests the strength of exhaling, gauging the severity of respiratory damage
- Computed tomography (CT) scan: Performed on the chest to search for (and gauge severity of) inflammation
Treatment of Relapsing Polychondritis
The disease is unique to all those affected by it, with symptoms ranging from mild inflammation to life-threatening in severity. Relapsing polychondritis is often treated with anti-inflammatory medication and most people are given a corticosteroid in incrementally decreasing doses.
Because there is a degree of severity for this disease is so wide, treatment options go from small doses of medication to emergency surgery. Surgery is rarely used, often in cases of a collapsing trachea.
Living with Relapsing Polychondritis
Relapsing polychondritis is not often fatal, however a collapsed trachea or severe heart murmurs can lead to death. Developments in medications and treatment options have reduced many risks associated with the disease. With treatment and monitoring, those with more mild cases can live relatively normal lives.
Request more information about relapsing polychondritis today. Call (740) 439-3515 or contact Dr. Rebecca Brauch online.
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