Steroid sparing effect of methotrexate in relapsing polychondritis

J Rheumatol. 1996 May;23(5):937-8.


Relapsing polychondritis is a rare inflammatory disorder causing recurrent inflammatory reactions in the cartilaginous structures. It often worsens as prednisone is tapered. We describe 3 biopsy proven patients with relapsing polychondritis in whom methotrexate was useful as a steroid sparing agent in the management of auricular chondritis.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Antirheumatic Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Drug Administration Schedule
  • Ear Diseases / drug therapy*
  • Ear Diseases / pathology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Methotrexate / therapeutic use*
  • Middle Aged
  • Polychondritis, Relapsing / drug therapy*


  • Antirheumatic Agents
  • Methotrexate