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What causes cauliflower ear?

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The most common cause of cauliflower ear is a hit to the ear -- or repeated hits to the ear -- that leads to hematomas, or small collections of blood that clot and block the flow of blood and nutrients. These can also occur when skin is pulled away from cartilage, the semi-rigid tissue that gives the ear its shape. Usually, cauliflower ear is related to sports injuries, but not always. Any trauma to the ear can cause it. Cauliflower ear can even result from an infection in the ear lobe.

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 September 15, 2015

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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 September 15, 2015

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