Airway involvement, infection, and cardiovascular complications including vasculitis are the leading causes of death in relapsing polychondritis. Factors that negatively impact survival at the time of diagnosis include old age, anemia, and laryngotracheal stricture. Saddle nose deformity, arthritis, vasculitis, and anemia may be more important variables among patients younger than 50 years of age. The 10-year survival rate reported in one series from 1986 was 55%, whereas in 1998, another series found that 94% of patients were alive after 8 years.[3,4]
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