Polychondritis presenting with oculomotor and abducens nerve palsies as the initial manifestation

Mitsuhiro Akiyama, Yuko Kaneko, Hironari Hanaoka, Masataka Kuwana, Tsutomu Takeuchi

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We treated a patient with relapsing polychondritis (RP) who presented with intermittent oculomotor and abducens nerve palsies as the first manifestation. Ear swelling and laryngeal edema emerged 7 months later, which led us to diagnose him with RP. Moderate doses of glucocorticoid resolved all symptoms. Our experience with RP accompanied by oculomotor nerve palsy suggests that RP should be considered in patients with cranial nerve palsies so that they may be promptly diagnosed and treated.

Original languageEnglish
JournalModern Rheumatology
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2015 Jun 29



  • Abducens nerve palsy
  • Cranial nerve palsy
  • Extraocular muscle palsy
  • Oculomotor nerve palsy
  • Relapsing polychondritis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rheumatology

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