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Relapsing polychondritis is a rare cartilaginous inflammatory disease affecting the external ear, nose, peripheral joints and tracheobronchial tree. It is characterized by recurrent inflammation and degeneration of cartilage and connective tissue. A 72-year-old man complained of dyspnea, cough and wheezing for 2 months. Diffuse wall thickening and narrowing from the trachea to segmental bronchus were seen on chest CT. Tracheostomy was performed in order to avoid asphyxia, and he was diagnoseddoi:10.4236/ijcm.2015.67057 fatcat:5oyp6vmedzhhvfsg2mk4osxmjm