Relapsing Polychondritis UK
(Registered Charity Number 1170936 )
Relapsing polychondritis is thought to be an autoimmune disease. The body’s immune system attacks its own cartilage and organs containing tissue similar to cartilage. Joints may become painful, swollen and stiff. The outer ear may become red, painful and deformed. Inflammation of the inner ear may result in nausea, hearing difficulties and loss of balance. The eyes may be affected and vision may be impaired. Airways may become inflamed and/or collapse leading to coughing and/or breathing difficulties. The heart, blood vessels, liver and kidneys may be affected. Some patients develop skin rashes and/or nerve pain. Fortunately, relapsing polychondritis is a rare disease. It is difficult to diagnose, but it can be life-threatening and is not well understood. Relapsing Polychondritis UK aims to provide a platform and resources to encourage collaboration between patients, healthcare professionals, researchers and other stakeholders affected by to wanting to work to work with any aspect of relapsing polychondritis.
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