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What are the consequences of having cauliflower ear?

11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
4 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Mike Bowman
Dr. Mike Bowman
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Dr. Todd Sisto
Breast Surgery
3 doctors agree

In brief: It looks abnormal

If, on the other hand, it's an infection the cartilages can be destroyed leading ultimately to shrinkage and worse deformity.

In brief: It looks abnormal

If, on the other hand, it's an infection the cartilages can be destroyed leading ultimately to shrinkage and worse deformity.
Dr. Todd Sisto
Dr. Todd Sisto
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Dr. Steven Harris
Surgery - Plastics
3 doctors agree

In brief: Appearances, chiefly

"cauliflower ear" refers to overgrowth of cartilage in an ear which has suffered trauma or pressure, often seen in wrestlers and boxers.
A blow to the ear or forced folding of the ear for a period of time (as in a wrestling hold) causes bleeding under the top layer of the cartilage. This blood, if not promptly drained, is converted to cartilage and distorts its appearance. Hearing is unaffected.

In brief: Appearances, chiefly

"cauliflower ear" refers to overgrowth of cartilage in an ear which has suffered trauma or pressure, often seen in wrestlers and boxers.
A blow to the ear or forced folding of the ear for a period of time (as in a wrestling hold) causes bleeding under the top layer of the cartilage. This blood, if not promptly drained, is converted to cartilage and distorts its appearance. Hearing is unaffected.
Dr. Steven Harris
Dr. Steven Harris
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Dr. Annette Occhialini
Surgery - Plastics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Ear deformity

This is an ear deformity caused by trauma.
Blood accumulates around the cartilage of ear and blunts the folds. This blood, if left undrained, will scar the ear with permanent swollen appearance of the ear. It typically has no other symptoms.

In brief: Ear deformity

This is an ear deformity caused by trauma.
Blood accumulates around the cartilage of ear and blunts the folds. This blood, if left undrained, will scar the ear with permanent swollen appearance of the ear. It typically has no other symptoms.
Dr. Annette Occhialini
Dr. Annette Occhialini
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Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Unsightly appearance

Repeated injury to an ear can produce the so called cauliflower ear deformity that be undesireable in appearance.
Early treatment to minimize the deformity and avoidance of repeated trauma are the best methods to prevent the condition.

In brief: Unsightly appearance

Repeated injury to an ear can produce the so called cauliflower ear deformity that be undesireable in appearance.
Early treatment to minimize the deformity and avoidance of repeated trauma are the best methods to prevent the condition.
Dr. Otto Placik
Dr. Otto Placik
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