Relapsing polychondritis is a rare systemic disease of unknown etiology characterized primarily by inflammation of cartilaginous structures, especially in the joints, ribs, nasal septum, respiratory passages, and ears. Some noncartilaginous structures may become involved. Anemia and abnormal erythrocyte sedimentation rate are common. Occasionally, the inflammatory reaction may involve the eyes.
A noteworthy and comprehensive account of this rare condition was published by Pearson and associates1 in 1960, and another has been published by Kaye and Sones2 in 1964.
A case of particular interest to ophthalmologists is the basis of this account.
Report of Case
A 41-year-old woman came to the Mayo Clinic on Aug 15, 1962, with the complaint of severe pain about the left eye. The pain had begun two days previously while she had been on a picnic and it had been accompanied by photophobia. The following day these symptoms had become intense. On the day
RUCKER CW, FERGUSON RH. Ocular Manifestations of Relapsing Polychondritis. Arch Ophthalmol. 1965;73(1):46-48. doi:10.1001/archopht.1965.00970030048011