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Painful rash of the auricle: Herpes zoster oticus

December 19, 2014  |  Chao-Yin Kuo, MD; Yuan-Yung Lin, MD; Chih-Hung Wang, MD, PhD

A PCR assay in addition to conventional serologic testing provides quick confirmation of the diagnosis of herpes zoster oticus infection.

Primary cutaneous histoplasmosis

November 8, 2018  |  Blake Raggio, MD

Diagnosis of cutaneous histoplasmosis hinges on evidence of fungus in the wound and absence of systemic disease.

Efficient closure of earlobe cleft with biopsy punch

September 27, 2018  |  Chetan Y. Safi, MD; Anthony P. Sclafani, MD

A biopsy punch with the support of the flat and even surface of a scalpel handle provides the appropriate balance to excise a smaller tract.

Intradermal nevus of external auditory canal revisited

June 28, 2018  |  Pei-Hsuan Wu, MD; Hsin-Chien Chen, MD, PhD

Intradermal nevus, a subtype of melanocytic nevus, occurs relatively rarely in the external auditory canal.

Congenital ear malformations: Effectively correcting cryptotia with neonatal ear molding

September 18, 2017  |  Collin Rozanski, BA; Joseph J. Rousso, MD

Cryptotia is a relatively common congenital ear malformation that can be difficult to correct with surgery. Treatment should be started before the first 6 weeks of life.

An embedded earring backing in the tragus

July 18, 2017  |  Ta-Chin Wang, MD; Kai-Chieh Chan, MD

If signs of infection occur, the earring(s) should be removed and antiseptics or antibiotics applied.

Correlation among external auditory canal anomaly, temporal bone malformation, and hearing levels in patients with microtia

June 20, 2017  |  Kun Chen, MS; Liu Liu, MS; Runjie Shi, MD; Peihua Wang, MD; Dong Chen, MD; Hua Xiao, MD

Abstract

We conducted a retrospective study to evaluate the relationship between external auditory canal (EAC) anomaly, temporal bone abnormality, and hearing levels using objective scoring systems in Chinese patients with microtia. The study population consisted of 106 ears of 94...

Repair of the dilated earlobe

March 24, 2017  |  Akshay Sanan, MD; Ryan Heffelfinger, MD

Gauge ear piercing involves piercing the ear with gradual dilation and stretching of the ear lobule after plugs of increasing diameter are inserted.

Auricular complications in parotid, temporal bone, infratemporal fossa, and lateral skull base surgery

February 20, 2017  |  Patrick S. Carpenter, MD; Ryan C. Burgette, MD; John P. Leonetti, MD; Sam J. Marzo, MD

Abstract

Neoplasms located in the parotid region, temporal bone, infratemporal fossa, and lateral skull base represent a challenge due to their difficult anatomic location and surrounding neurovascular structures. A variety of surgical approaches are appropriate to access this area,...

Auricular solitary gouty tophus in a young adult

February 20, 2017  |  Chao-Yin Kuo, MD; Chih-Hung Wang, MD, PhD

The auricle, with its supersaturation of blood uric acid due to decreased temperature and reduced blood flow, is prone to develop gouty tophi.

The role of surgery in necrotizing otitis externa

January 25, 2017  |  Maayan Gruber, MD; Eyal Sela, MD; Ilana Doweck, MD; Ariel Roitman, MD; Nechama Uri, MD; Samer Srouji, MD; Raanan Cohen-Kerem, MD

Abstract

This retrospective case review describes a subset of 5 patients with necrotizing otitis externa (NOE) with a refractory disease course who underwent surgery as part of their management plan between 2008 and 2013. Surgery promoted the cure of 4 of the 5 patients, and a fungal...

Reverse omega technique for single-stage ear lobule reconstruction

September 19, 2016  |  Mofiyinfolu Sokoya, MD; Andrew A. Winkler, MD

The design of the reverse omega flaps leads to a lack of visible scars, and no major complications have been encountered.

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