What is the role of chest radiography in the workup of relapsing polychondritis (RP)?

Updated: Dec 06, 2018
  • Author: Nicholas Compton, MD; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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Tracheal stenosis may be observed on plain radiographs. See the image below.

Tracheal stenosis on chest x-ray film. Courtesy of Tracheal stenosis on chest x-ray film. Courtesy of Julie E. Takasugi, MD.

Calcification of cartilaginous structures supports the diagnosis of relapsing polychondritis.

Coexisting systemic vasculitis may be suggested by the presence of pulmonary parenchymal infiltrates.


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