JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL ADVANCED OTOLOGY, cilt.6, ss.295-297, 2010 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi)
Relapsing (recurrent) polychondritis (RP) is a rare inflammatory disease with clinical features of autoimmune, episodic and progressively outgoing character which can involve all cartilaginous structures. The most common involved cartilaginous structures are auricular and nasal septal cartilages in order. One of the most common finding is an arthritis which is non erosive and not resulted with deformation. Involvement of other cartilaginous areas such as trachea, larynx, epiglottis, costal joints is widely encountered. Also, this disease can be seen in organs of eyes, aorta, heart, skin that are rich in proteoglycans. Diagnosis is generally done on clinical findings for RP.