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Just heard a close neighbor has cauliflower ear. How do we explain this condition to the kids?

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Dr. Todd Sisto
Breast Surgery
3 doctors agree

In brief: Your call

It's caused by trauma -- usually punching or wrestling.

In brief: Your call

It's caused by trauma -- usually punching or wrestling.
Dr. Todd Sisto
Dr. Todd Sisto
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Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: Bleeding under skin

When the ear is injured, bleeding can occur between the skin and cartilage.
This collection of blood distorts the appearance of the ear. If drained and treated promptly (by your ENT or facial plastic surgeon), long term sequelae are usually minimal. Use of headgear for wrestlers and boxers can help prevent this common injury.

In brief: Bleeding under skin

When the ear is injured, bleeding can occur between the skin and cartilage.
This collection of blood distorts the appearance of the ear. If drained and treated promptly (by your ENT or facial plastic surgeon), long term sequelae are usually minimal. Use of headgear for wrestlers and boxers can help prevent this common injury.
Dr. Mike Bowman
Dr. Mike Bowman
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Dr. Francisco Agullo
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Trauma

Repeated trauma to the ears, such as in wrestling, causes small hematomas that over time disfigure the underlying cartilage.

In brief: Trauma

Repeated trauma to the ears, such as in wrestling, causes small hematomas that over time disfigure the underlying cartilage.
Dr. Francisco Agullo
Dr. Francisco Agullo
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Dr. Annette Occhialini
Surgery - Plastics
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In brief: Ear deformity

Cauliflower ear is a chronic ear deformity caused by trauma to the ear. After trauma if blood accumulates under the skin around the cartilage it can obscure the normal folds of the ear. This should be drained to prevent the blood from becoming a fibrous thickening around the cartilage.
Cauliflower ear is difficult to treat and best prevented by draining accumulated blood early.

In brief: Ear deformity

Cauliflower ear is a chronic ear deformity caused by trauma to the ear. After trauma if blood accumulates under the skin around the cartilage it can obscure the normal folds of the ear. This should be drained to prevent the blood from becoming a fibrous thickening around the cartilage.
Cauliflower ear is difficult to treat and best prevented by draining accumulated blood early.
Dr. Annette Occhialini
Dr. Annette Occhialini
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Dr. Steven Harris
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Good helmet lesson!

Unsightly only, not contagious! caused by injuries to ears, usually when not wearing head gear, during wrestling or boxing.
Not caused by bike or skateboarding without a helmet, but the kids don't have to know that! :).

In brief: Good helmet lesson!

Unsightly only, not contagious! caused by injuries to ears, usually when not wearing head gear, during wrestling or boxing.
Not caused by bike or skateboarding without a helmet, but the kids don't have to know that! :).
Dr. Steven Harris
Dr. Steven Harris
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Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Cauliflower ear

A cauliflower ear occurs when the thin layer covering the ear cartilage (similar to an onion skin) is separated from the cartilage by trauma, injury, or other causes.
A blood filled blister forms which is replaced by cartilage. Repeated injury causes repeated bumps whic eventually causes the ear to look like a cauliflower. Treatment requires effective evacuation of blood.

In brief: Cauliflower ear

A cauliflower ear occurs when the thin layer covering the ear cartilage (similar to an onion skin) is separated from the cartilage by trauma, injury, or other causes.
A blood filled blister forms which is replaced by cartilage. Repeated injury causes repeated bumps whic eventually causes the ear to look like a cauliflower. Treatment requires effective evacuation of blood.
Dr. Otto Placik
Dr. Otto Placik
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