[Relapsing polychondritis--a challenge for modern diagnostics and treatment]

Mihułka, K., Batko, B., Skura, A., Krawiec, P., Krzanowski, M., Sułowicz, W., Guzik, T. J. and Adamek-Guzik, T. (2008) [Relapsing polychondritis--a challenge for modern diagnostics and treatment]. Przeglad Lekarski, 65(2), pp. 77-81. (PMID:18663905)

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Abstract

Relapsing polychondritis is a rare autoimmune disease, which is due to sporadic occurrence, unexplained etiology and wide range of symptoms resulting in the difficulties in diagnosis. Recurrent inflammation leads to destruction of cartilaginous tissues, such as ear, nasal septum, larynx, trachea and bronchi, peripheral joints and vertebral structures. Blood vessels, the central nervous system, eyes, and the urinary tract can be involved as well. Clinical course of relapsing polychondritis is often modified by co-existing systemic diseases and remains misdiagnosed. In case of inappropriate or delayed treatment, serious and life-thretening complications may develop. In this article we present the most characteristic clinical features of the disease, differential diagnosis, focusing on current approaches to treatment.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Guzik, Professor Tomasz
Authors: Mihułka, K., Batko, B., Skura, A., Krawiec, P., Krzanowski, M., Sułowicz, W., Guzik, T. J., and Adamek-Guzik, T.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences
Journal Name:Przeglad Lekarski
Publisher:Partswowy Zaklad Wydawnictur Lekarskich
ISSN:0033-2240

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