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relapsing polychondritis


Definition: a degenerative and inflammatory disease of cartilage producing arthritis, collapse of the pinna, the cartilaginous portion of the nose, and the tracheobronchial tree; death may occur from chronic infection or suffocation because of loss of stability in the tracheobronchial tree; of autosomal genetic transmission.

Synonym(s): chronic atrophic polychondritis, generalized chondromalacia, Meyenburg disease, Meyenburg-Altherr-Uehlinger syndrome, relapsing perichondritis, systemic chondromalacia

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