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Dr. David Astrachan Dr. Astrachan
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
33 years in practice
Yale University School of Medicine
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Boxer;s ear is quite swollen. Is this cauliflower ear?

Boxer;s ear is quite swollen. Is this cauliflower ear?

Not yet: A cauliflower ear is something that happens a long time after an injury in which the ear develops something called a hematoma. When traumatized the external ear can often develop bleeding between the layer of tissue that feeds the cartilage of the ear and the cartilage itself. When this happens the cartilage is deprived of blood and deteriorates leading to a deformity called a.

Cauliflower Ear (Definition)

A complication that results from direct trauma to the anterior auricle and is a common ...Read more


Dr. David Astrachan Dr. Astrachan
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
33 years in practice
Yale University School of Medicine
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Why causes a cauliflower ear to form?

Why causes a cauliflower ear to form?

Trauma un treated: A cauliflower ear is something that happens a long time after an injury in which the ear develops something called a hematoma. When traumatized the external ear can often develop bleeding between the layer of tissue that feeds the cartilage of the ear and the cartilage itself. When this happens the cartilage is deprived of blood and deteriorates leading to a deformity called a.

Dr. Frederick Shieh Dr. Shieh
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
years in practice
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What sort of disease is cauliflower ear?

What sort of disease is cauliflower ear?

Beat-up ear: Cauliflower ear is a descriptive way to talk about an ear that is be traumatized to the point where it looks like a cauliflower, sometimes permanently.

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Dr. Michael Matthew Dr. Matthew
Surgery - Plastics
17 years in practice
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
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What do you recommend for cauliflower ear?

What do you recommend for cauliflower ear?

Prevention: Surgical treatment is difficult, it is best to prevent the deformity by avoiding trauma wih protective gear, or by complete evacuation of the ear hematoma if it occurs.

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Dr. Ed Friedlander Dr. Friedlander
Pathology
40 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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Can cauliflower ear be successfully treated?

Can cauliflower ear be successfully treated?

Very difficult: You'll need an elite plastic surgeon and the outcome is uncertain at best. Like many other fighters, Mr. Couture is proud of his -- I trust you've got a story as well.

Dr. David Astrachan Dr. Astrachan
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
33 years in practice
Yale University School of Medicine
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Can cauliflower ear be repaired back to normal?

Can cauliflower ear be repaired back to normal?

Difficult: It is possible depending on how much damage has occurred. The ear certainly can be made to look better. You need to find a plastic surgeon or ear nose and throat surgeon specialized in cosmetic work.

Dr. Kevin Windisch Dr. Windisch
Pediatrics
21 years in practice
Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California
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Is getting cauliflower ear bad? Is it easy to get?

Is getting cauliflower ear bad? Is it easy to get?

Yes it is easy to ge: If untreated it can cause permenant disfigurement. It is caused by trauma to the ear lobe and is very common in boxing and wrestling.

Dr. Mike Bowman Dr. Bowman
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
15 years in practice
Duke University School of Medicine
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What are the consequences of having cauliflower ear?

What are the consequences of having cauliflower ear?

Ugly Ears: The ear becomes misshapen due to trauma. If you leave it that way....It sticks. See your ENT or facial plastic surgeon asap if you suspect you have cauliflower ear. It can be treated in the office usually. It is much easier to treat in the acute setting then after the fact.

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Dr. Christopher Nicora Dr. Nicora
Internal Medicine
20 years in practice
St. George's University School of Medicine
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What is the definition or description of: cauliflower ear?

What is the definition or description of: cauliflower ear?

Cauliflower ear: Seen in people who wrestle, box or do martial arts. It is scarring and hypertropy of the tissue around the outside of the ear. The ear often needs to be drained and sometimes surgically corrected to a degree.

Dr. Ronda Alexander Dr. Alexander
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
15 years in practice
Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University
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Can hardened cauliflower ear be repaired? Do jocks like to show it off?

Sorry...: Once it happens, you can't fix it, unfortunately. It may be a badge of honor among some groups of athletes/fighters but, generally that's among insiders.

Dr. Todd Sisto Dr. Sisto
Breast Surgery
33 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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Dr. Elden Rand Dr. Rand
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
17 years in practice
Sanford School of Medicine of the University of South Dakota
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I want cauliflower ear. Don't answer the question if your going to tell me that I don't want it. Please reply by telling me how I can get it on my own?

I want cauliflower ear. Don't answer the question if your going to tell me that I don't want it. Please reply by telling me how I can get it on my own?

Blunt force trauma: When the ear cartilage gets damaged, there can be bleeding, causing a pocket of blood, that, if not properly treated, after healing, shrivels up and acquires a cauliflower appearing deformity. Due to the nature of the activity, wrestlers, martial artists, and boxers are most likely to develop this, especially if they do not wear appropriate headgear, and do not seek med. Care after injury.

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Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Can cauliflower ear from cartilage piercing?

Yes, it's possible: Cartilagenous piercings are risky business. Cauliflower ear can result from auricular hematoma or perichondritis.

Dr. Stephen Rothstein Dr. Rothstein
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
35 years in practice
George Washington University Medical School
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Dr. Stephen Rothstein Dr. Rothstein
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
35 years in practice
George Washington University Medical School
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My ear hurts but I'm not sure if it's cauliflower ear. How can I know for sure?

Ear: Many cause including infection and jaw issues. Cauliflower ear occurs after trauma and you would see a deformity of the outer ear. If the pain is bad you need to check it out

Dr. Thomas Rosenfeld Dr. Rosenfeld
Dermatology
39 years in practice
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
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Can you get cauliflower ear with "no trauma"?

Mimics: There are some rare conditions that can infiltrate the normal skin of ear, giving a similar appearance to cauliflower ear. These include amyloidosis, lipoid proteinosis, leprosy, and sarcoidosis. The way to diagnose these problems would be a skin biopsy by a dermatologist.

Dr. Louis Gallia Dr. Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
41 years in practice
University of Washington School of Medicine
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Can ear deformities be a symptom of cauliflower ear?

No: Cauliflower ear is an ear that has become thickened or deformed as a result of repeated blows, typically in boxing. THerefore a cauliflower ear by definition is an acquired ear deformity. But not all ear deformities are cauliflower ears. See facial plastic surgeon for management.

Dr. Andrew Doe Dr. Doe
Radiology - Interventional
16 years in practice
State University of New York Upstate Medical University
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Typically how long does cauliflower ear stay in a liquid form?

Days to weeks: I have had cauliflower ear many times. If you drain it, it can come back quickly. If you leave it (and don't continue to irritate it), it will absorb, and harden in a few weeks. Draining it, keeping pressure on it, and a little time off, will usually stop it from coming back.

Dr. Ed Friedlander Dr. Friedlander
Pathology
40 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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I have a cauliflower ear from probably wrestling what should I do?

I have a cauliflower ear from probably wrestling what should I do?

Be proud of it: I'm going to assume this is from an old injury and you're not describing an acute situation. These are caused by hematomas that aren't evacuated as they should have been. It takes an elite plastic surgeon to try to fix an established cauliflower ear, and the results are uncertain. Many rugby players & fighters are 'proud' of theirs -- Mr. Couture seems to be (photo).

Dr. James Ferguson Dr. Ferguson
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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Can my general Doctor drain cauliflower ear?

Make a call: This often varies with their past training and local healthcare practices. They may feel comfortable with the procedure while they might have a preferred referral specialist do it. Some urgent care centers are staffed by emergency trained specialists who see and treat it more often than a regular doc. Make a few calls and ask.