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Connective Tissue is the Issue: Relapsing Polychondritis

      This patient sought medical care out of concern for an ear infection but was ultimately diagnosed with a rare rheumatologic condition. A 43-year-old man presented to the Emergency Department with 4 weeks of pain and tenderness in both ears. He also described several weeks of chills, redness and pain in both eyes, as well as several years of hearing loss in his left ear and intermittent aching pain in his hands, elbows, knees, and ankles. He denied fevers, night sweats, weight loss, abdominal pain, or shortness of breath. He denied rash, oral or genital ulcers, swollen lymph nodes, extremity numbness or tingling, vision changes, or bleeding.
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