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[Efficacy of three-dimensional computed tomography for evaluating airway tract involvement in patients with relapsing polychondritis].

Authors
  • Watanabel, Maiko
  • Osawa, Tomoyo
  • Naniwa, Taio
  • Torii, Sadakazu
  • Sanji, Hiroshi
  • Ninomiya, Shigemitsu
  • Yoshinouchi, Takeo
Type
Published Article
Journal
Nihon Kokyūki Gakkai zasshi = the journal of the Japanese Respiratory Society
Publication Date
May 01, 2008
Volume
46
Issue
5
Pages
363–367
Identifiers
PMID: 18517011
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The airway tract involvement is known to be one of the most important prognostic factors in patients with relapsing polychondritis (RP). Sequential evaluations of airway tract involvements are necessary, however, the insertion of flexible bronchoscope into the affected airway tract may exacerbate their airway tract stenosis. Three-dimensional computed tomography (3D-CT) showed stenosis of the trachea and bilateral main bronchi in 2 patients with RP. 3D-CT is an effective non-invasive method for evaluating airway tract involvement in RP.

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