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Relapsing polychondritis is a rare autoimmune disorder of the cartilage and other connective tissue. It may affect one or both ears, which become painful, redden and swell. Joint and nose cartilage can become inflamed. Relapsing polychondritis also may affect the ribs, eyes, respiratory tract and heart.

Symptoms of Relapsing Polychondritis

Symptoms of relapsing polychondritis may start and stop, then return. They include:

  • pain
  • inflammation or swelling in the cartilage or joints
  • eye inflammation
  • hoarseness
  • shortness of breath or wheezing
  • difficulty with hearing or balance
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