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Postgrad Med J 79:29 doi:10.1136/pmj.79.927.29
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Perichondritis: a complication of piercing auricular cartilage

  1. S Yahalom,
  2. R Eliashar
  1. Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, Hadassah University Hospital, Jerusalem, Israel
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr Eliashar;
 ron{at}eliashar.com

    A 20 year old woman presented to the ear, nose, and throat clinic with auricular perichondritis two days after piercing the helix of her left ear with the aid of a piercing gun. Two thirds of the upper part of her auricle was swollen, red, and tender. The lobule (which does not contain cartilage) remained intact, which indicated that the infection was perichondritis and not simply cellulitis (fig 1). The patient was treated with ciprofloxacin by mouth for a period …

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