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Image Number 1923 (Relapsing Polychondritis)


Diagnosis: Relapsing Polychondritis

Site: Ear

Sex: M

Age: 48


Description: Red tender auricle.

Submitted by: Nameer Al-Sudany

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Differential Diagnosis


A middle aged man suffered recurrent inflammatory episodes of the ear confined characteristically to the cartilaginous part of the external ear (notice sparing of the ear lobe) of three years duration. He presented with painful and tender swelling of the ear, however other cartilage-containing structures like the nose, larynx and thoracic cage were not involved.

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