Saddle Nose & Cauliflower Ear Deformities in Relapsing Polychondritis
These images depict a 32-year-old man who presented with five weeks of left-sided hearing loss, weight loss and discomfort in the nose, ear, chest wall and knee. He had an erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) of 120 mm/hr, and a C-reactive protein level of 225.4 mg/L. The photographs show his nose and ear deformities.
Born and raised in Jamaica, Kurt Blake, MBBS, finished medical school at the University of the West Indies and worked with an orthopedic team in a rural hospital. Later, he joined the faculty of St. George’s University, Grenada, West Indies. He is now pursuing a fellowship in rheumatology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
About the Contest
The Rheumatology Image Library is a highly accessed teaching resource. However, images showing manifestations of rheumatic disease on skin of color are underrepresented, creating a significant educational gap. The 2021 Image Competition, held in conjunction with ACR Convergence 2021, encouraged the global rheumatology community to submit images that will help healthcare providers identify rheumatic disease manifestations in skin of color. Here, we depict the image featured from North America In coming issues, we’ll publish the winning images from other regions. The images judged Best Overall and People’s Choice, and others, appeared in previous issues.