Which specialist consultations are beneficial to patients with relapsing polychondritis (RP)?

Updated: Dec 06, 2018
  • Author: Nicholas Compton, MD; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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Relapsing polychondritis is a complex condition that requires a team approach for patient care, as follows:

  • Dermatologists or specialists in infectious diseases are often involved early in the course of the disease to evaluate the patient for infectious causes of cellulitis or perichondritis.
  • Rheumatologists usually become the primary care provider and should be involved early in patient care.
  • Ophthalmologists should also be involved early to diagnose, monitor, and treat the potentially devastating ocular complications.
  • Cardiologists, neurologists, nephrologists, and otolaryngologists may be asked to manage other aspects of relapsing polychondritis.
  • Plastic surgeons can aid in nasal reconstruction if saddle-nose deformity is present.

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