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How does a cauliflower ear form?

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When blood flow is blocked, the affected cartilage in the ear may die and, without the supportive tissue, fold in on itself. Scar tissue may form, contributing to a swollen and deformed look. Over time, the effects may become more prominent -- and they may actually be permanent. The good news is that cauliflower ear can usually be prevented, even after such an injury occurs.

From: Cauliflower Ear WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Nemours Foundation: "What's Cauliflower Ear?"

The Merck Manuals Online Medical Library: "External Ear Trauma."

British Medical Journal : "'High' Ear Piercing and the Rising Incidence of Perichondritis of the Pinna."

Nationwide Children's Hospital, Sports Medicine: "Cauliflower Ear."

ENT Today, Official Publication of the Triological Society (American Laryngological, Rhinological and Otological Society): "Incision, Repair of Ear Hematoma Recommended."

Rakel: Textbook of Family Medicine,  ; Chapter 19. 8th ed.

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on January 22, 2018

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SOURCES:

Nemours Foundation: "What's Cauliflower Ear?"

The Merck Manuals Online Medical Library: "External Ear Trauma."

British Medical Journal : "'High' Ear Piercing and the Rising Incidence of Perichondritis of the Pinna."

Nationwide Children's Hospital, Sports Medicine: "Cauliflower Ear."

ENT Today, Official Publication of the Triological Society (American Laryngological, Rhinological and Otological Society): "Incision, Repair of Ear Hematoma Recommended."

Rakel: Textbook of Family Medicine,  ; Chapter 19. 8th ed.

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on January 22, 2018

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