By Leslie Michaels MD, FRCpath, FRCP(C), D Path, FCAP, Henrik B. Hellquist MD, PhD, SAPath(Stockh), FCAP (auth.)

I wrote the 1st version of this paintings in 1987 with the article of delivering a assessment of the aetiology, pathogenesis and morphological foundation of illnesses of the ear, nostril and throat. on the grounds that that point very important adjustments have taken position within the disciplines of either histopathology and otorhinolaryngology. Pathology has shifted its study orientation in the direction of a molecular one; awesome successes with new clinical and surgical remedies in ENT have led to a extraordinary growth of that box. to supply a summary of the medical ideas of a topic mendacity among such cellular territories used to be a daunt­ ing prospect. support was once certainly priceless and that i welcome Henrik Hellquist because the co­ writer of this moment version. He has had a longstanding curiosity in either head and neck and molecular pathology and has not just produced scholarly guides, yet has additionally performed a big position in improving overseas cooperation during this mixed field.

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Presenting symptoms are related to inflammation of a wide variety of cartilages, the various tissues of the eye, and the aortic valve. The commonest site of the disease is the cartilage of the pinna, which becomes recurrently acutely inflamed (Fig. An unexplained conductive or, more rarely, sensorineural deafness and attacks of vertigo may be present. Examination of histologic sections of the temporal bone of a patient with Age and Sex Incidence Relapsing polychondritis may commence at any age, but 80% of patients have first symptoms between the ages of 20 and 60 years.

The incidence is equal between the sexes. a Pinna showing red, swollen ear, produced by inflammation of cartilage. b Erosion of cricoid cartilage by inflammatory tissue 33 Non-neoplastic Lesions of the External Ear relapsing polychondritis and sensorineural hearing loss showed, however, no histologic abnormality of the inner ear (unpublished personal observations). After numerous attacks of inflammation, the pinna shrinks and falls forwards. Inflammation of the joints is usually manifested as transient arthralgia, mainly involving the large joints of the extremities.

Mitral and tricuspid dilatations are also encountered occasionally in some patients. Features of rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, ankylosing spondylitis and Reiter's disease have sometimes been seen coexisting with relapsing polychondritis. 11 Gross Appearances The lobule is usually normal. In the acute stage the auricle is erythematous (Fig. 3 ). The anterior surface may have a cobblestone appearance and the auricle may eventually become atrophic. In the larynx the epiglottic, thyroid and cricoid cartilages show loss of cartilage substance and fibrosis.

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