Which patient groups have the highest prevalence of relapsing polychondritis (RP)?

Updated: Dec 24, 2020
  • Author: Nicholas Compton, MD; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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Relapsing polychondritis is most common in whites. Although the disorder has been found in persons of all races, few data are available for nonwhite persons.

Reviews from the 1970s and 1980s found that relapsing polychondritis has no sexual predilection. However, reviews in 1998 and 2002 suggested a slight female predominance. [28, 19] Saddle-nose deformity and subglottic stricture are more common in females.

Relapsing polychondritis may occur at any age, but onset is usually in the fourth or fifth decade of life. No relationship exists between age of onset and sex. [1]

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