Which physical findings are characteristic of audiovestibular damage in relapsing polychondritis (RP)?

Updated: Dec 06, 2018
  • Author: Nicholas Compton, MD; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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Audiovestibular derangements are experienced by 46%-50% of patients, usually those with concomitant auricular chondritis. Sudden loss of hearing is usually permanent, while tinnitus, nausea, vomiting, nystagmus, and vertigo may subside. In some patients, hearing loss is attributed to vasculitic damage to the eighth cranial nerve.


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