How is ventilation support provided in relapsing polychondritis (RP)?

Updated: Dec 24, 2020
  • Author: Nicholas Compton, MD; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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Intubation may be dangerous and futile.

Bronchoscopy and a fortiori endoscopic intervention can lead to damage or perforation of the airways and bronchospasm and should only be performed by an experienced endoscopist after careful consideration of the risks and benefits. [47]

Tracheostomy is usually the best method for providing an airway in patients with relapsing polychondritis in acute respiratory distress (because of the high likelihood of tracheal or bronchial stenosis or edema).

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