Victor J. Marks

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Relapsing Polychondritis

Are You Confident of the Diagnosis? What you should be alert for in the history Relapsing polychondritis is a chronic, relapsing, progressive disease characterized by inflammation of cartilage. The ears, nose, joints and tracheobronchial cartilages are most commonly involved. Structures rich in proteoglycan can also be affected (eye, heart, inner ear). Course tends to be…

Pseudocyst of the Auricle (cystic chondromalacia, endochondral pseudocyst, benign idiopathic cystic chondromalacia)

Are You Confident of the Diagnosis? An auricular pseudocyst generally arises over the period of a few weeks without history of preceding trauma. Patients are otherwise healthy. The affected area is usually asymptomatic. Characteristic features on physical examination Examination reveals a fluctuant noninflammatory swelling, usually at the anterior aspect of the ear. Most cases are…

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