Polychondritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Case report and review of the literature

Clin Rheumatol. 1987 Sep;6(3):453-7. doi: 10.1007/BF02206849.


We present the case history of a 50-year-old man with seropositive erosive rheumatoid arthritis of 30-years standing who developed polychondritis simultaneously with several extra-articular rheumatoid manifestations, such as anaemia, subcutaneous nodules, pericarditis and episcleritis. The relevant literature is reviewed. Gradually, all symptoms and signs disappeared after start of treatment with 30 mg prednisone and 100 mg azathioprine daily. We suggest that the polychondritis in this patient was also an extra-articular manifestation of rheumatoid arthritis.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid / complications*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Polychondritis, Relapsing / etiology*