Relapsing polychondritis

Case contributed by Dr Yi-Jin Kuok

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Short of breath. ?PE.

Patient Data

Age: 66
Gender: Female
CT

CT scan demonstrates diffuse nodular airways thickening, calcified in some areas.

Tracheal cartilages are C-shaped. The posterior wall lacks cartilage (also known as the tracheal diaphragm). In this patient, the tracheal cartilages are slightly thickened and there is mild tracheal narrowing.

RML and lingula demonstrate atelectasis, possibly related to airways narrowing.

Unable to appreciate the CT findings on CXR. It was essentially normal.

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Case information

rID: 14433
Case created: 25th Jul 2011
Last edited: 8th Oct 2015
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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