Ocular and systemic findings in relapsing polychondritis

Ophthalmology. 1986 May;93(5):681-9. doi: 10.1016/s0161-6420(86)33695-9.


The ocular and systemic findings in 112 Mayo Clinic patients with relapsing polychondritis were reviewed. The incidence of males and females was equal, with median age at diagnosis of 51 years and the median follow-up of 6 years. Most patients had several organ systems involved at the time of the diagnosis. Twenty-one patients had ocular symptoms at the onset, and 57 developed ocular symptoms during their course. Major ocular complications included proptosis, lid edema, episcleritis/scleritis, corneal infiltrates/thinning, iridocyclitis, retinopathy, and optic neuritis. The major system involvement included otorhinolaryngeal, respiratory, arthritic, renal, cardiovascular, dermatologic, and neurologic diseases. Generally, laboratory studies were not helpful in making the diagnosis but were valuable in monitoring the disease. Based on the experience in these cases, the indications for the various therapeutic modalities are offered.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Arthritis / etiology
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / etiology
  • Cataract / pathology
  • Conjunctivitis / pathology
  • Corneal Diseases / pathology
  • Eye Diseases / etiology*
  • Eyelid Diseases / pathology
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Inflammation / pathology
  • Kidney Diseases / etiology
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Nervous System Diseases / etiology
  • Optic Nerve Diseases / pathology
  • Otorhinolaryngologic Diseases / etiology
  • Polychondritis, Relapsing / complications*
  • Respiration Disorders / etiology
  • Retinal Diseases / pathology
  • Sclera / pathology
  • Skin Diseases / etiology
  • Uveitis / pathology