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October 1970

Iridocyclitis Associated With Relapsing Polychondritis

Author Affiliations

San Francisco
From the Department of Ophthalmology, Eye Pathology Laboratory, University of California Medical Center, San Francisco.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1970;84(4):474-476. doi:10.1001/archopht.1970.00990040476014

THE term "relapsing polychondritis" was introduced in 1960 by Pearson et al1 to denote a syndrome characterized by recurrent inflammation of cartilage, especially in the nose, ears, and upper respiratory tract, associated with low-grade fever and malaise. Clinical evidence of iridocyclitis has been observed in approximately 30% of cases studied, but only a few histopathologic studies of involved eyes have been performed. The purpose of this communication is to report the histologic features of a pair of eyes obtained at autopsy from a patient with relapsing polychondritis, whose initial complaint was ocular and who died from the pulmonary complications of the disease.

Report of a Case  In March 1968, a 40-year-old white woman initially sought medical attention for a mild, nonspecific iritis of the right eye. Two weeks later, the left eye was similarly affected. At this time, her visual acuity was 20/20 bilaterally, and 2+ cells and flare

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