What is the clinical presentation of nasal chondritis in relapsing polychondritis (RP)?

Updated: Dec 06, 2018
  • Author: Nicholas Compton, MD; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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Nasal chondritis occurs in 48%-72% of patients with relapsing polychondritis. The nasal chondritis is acute and painful and accompanied by a feeling of fullness over the nasal bridge. Mild epistaxis may be present. A saddle-nose deformity may develop in longstanding disease. [29] See the image below.

Saddle-nose deformity. Courtesy of the University Saddle-nose deformity. Courtesy of the University of Washington, Division of Dermatology.

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