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What is Perichondritis?

Description of the disease

Perichondritis is an inflammatory condition of the cartilage tissue. It most commonly affects the outer layer of cartilage, which covers the bone tissue of the joints. Perichondritis can affect cartilage in various parts of the body, but most often it affects the ear, nose, and joints.


  • Traumatic perichondritis
  • Infectious perichondritis
  • Autoimmune perichondritis


  • Swelling and redness in the affected area
  • Pain and discomfort
  • Changes in the shape and size of the cartilage


Injury, infection, and immune system disorders can cause perichondritis.


Methods for diagnosing perichondritis include clinical examination, X-ray, and MRI.


Treatment of perichondritis depends on its type and severity. It includes the use of anti-inflammatory drugs, physiotherapy, and surgical intervention in more complex cases.


Avoiding trauma and infections, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and keeping the immune system in check.


Diagnosis and treatment of perichondritis are carried out by orthopedists, traumatologists, and rheumatologists.

Note: This material is provided for informational purposes only and is not medical advice.