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Korean Journal of Anesthesiology 2008;54(4):459-463.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4097/kjae.2008.54.4.459   
Relapsing Polychondritis with Subglottic Stenosis Diagnosed after Tonsillectomy: A case report.
Choon Ho Sung, Jung Hyun Park, Su Jin Lim, Yong Woo Choi
Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. yowooc@catholic.ac.kr
Relapsing polychondritis (RP) is a rare autoimmune connective tissue disease of unclear pathogenesis and may present with the multisystem involvements and varied presentations, courses and responses to the therapy. The respiratory complaints or history such as dyspnea or snoring deserve to be in consideration, especially in the cases of no specific causes and must be ruled out the rare autoimmune airway diseases such as relapsing polychondritis, Wegener's granulomatosis, rhinoscleroma, or amyloidosis resulting in serious airway obstruction without adequate management. In this report we described a case of 15-year-old young male with the delayed diagnosis of relapsing polychondritis with intractable subglottic stenosis during the course of the management for several months despite of tonsillectomy for the relief of the airway obstruction.
Key Words: airway obstruction; subglottic stenosis; tonsillectomy


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