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Case Reports in Otolaryngology
Volume 2014, Article ID 139386, 5 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/139386
Case Report

A Rare Case of Splenic Marginal Zone B-Cell Lymphoma Mimicking Relapsing Polychondritis of the Ear

1OSF Saint Anthony Health System, Department of Surgery, University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford, Rockford, IL 61103, USA
2OSF Specialty Clinic, 698 Featherstone Road, Guilford Square, Rockford, IL 61107, USA
3OSF Health System, Section of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Department of General Surgery, University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford, Rockford, IL 61107, USA
4Department of Biomedical Science, University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford, Rockford, IL 61101, USA

Received 1 September 2014; Revised 4 November 2014; Accepted 10 November 2014; Published 2 December 2014

Academic Editor: Rong-San Jiang

Copyright © 2014 Gary J. Huang et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Relapsing polychondritis (RPC) is a poorly understood phenomenon associated with cartilaginous inflammation of the ear, nose, tracheobronchial tree, and peripheral joints. Many cases of RPC respond to anti-inflammatories and resolve with no further complications. However, RPC has also been linked to more insidious conditions such as malignancies, autoimmune disorders, vasculitis, or underlying infections. Given the spectrum of associated disorders, patients with RPC may need to be monitored for more insidious underlying conditions. In this case, we report a unique case of bilateral auricular inflammation and nasal inflammation mimicking RPC as the only presenting symptom of splenic marginal zone B-cell lymphoma and we survey related cases in the literature.