Relapsing polychondritis - Skin
Relapsing polychondritis should be distinguished from cellulitis based on its characteristic locations of predilection and constellation of associated symptoms.
Ocular manifestations of relapsing polychondritis are frequent (59% of cases) and include conjunctivitis, keratitis, scleritis, episcleritis, uveitis, retinopathy (cotton wool spots and intraretinal hemorrhages), and in those with associated vasculitis one can see optic nerve involvement and cranial nerve palsies.
Nasal pain, hoarseness, throat pain, and difficulty talking are common presenting symptoms.
Several clinical criteria have been developed for establishing the diagnosis of relapsing polychondritis (see Diagnostic Pearls).
M94.1 – Relapsing polychondritis
72275000 – Relapsing polychondritis
- Cellulitis / infectious perichondritis
- Pseudocyst of the auricle
- Chondrodermatitis nodularis helicis
- Contact dermatitis
- Seborrheic dermatitis
- Atopic dermatitis
- Granuloma annulare
- Granulomatosis with polyangiitis
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Congenital syphilis (saddle-nose deformity)
- Polyarteritis nodosa
- Photosensitive drug reaction