Relapsing polychondritis is an inflammatory process causing dissolution of cartilage throughout the body. This case illustrates many of the common clinical manifestations. Although the vertebral column is seldom severely affected, back pain, kyphosis, and progressive stiffness of the spine were the major causes of disability in this patient.
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