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Chirurg. 2002 May;73(5):514-6.

[Keloid of the earlobe after ear piercing. Not only a surgical problem].

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Abteilung Plastische Chirurgie, Klinik für Allgemein-, Viszeral-, Gefäss- und Thoraxchirurgie, Universitätsklinikum Charité, Humboldt Universität, Schumannstrasse 20/21, 10117 Berlin.


Earlobe keloids are benign, fibrous proliferations that show a high rate of recurrence of up to 80% following surgical excision. Traumas to the earlobe such as ear piercing, burns or surgical interventions are important in the pathogenesis of the disease. In addition to surgical keloid excision and reconstruction of the earlobe, several adjuvant therapeutic concepts have been described to prevent recurrence. Here we present the case of a female patient who suffered from severe bilateral keloid development after piercing of both ears. The report gives an overview of the relevant therapeutic concepts in the treatment of earlobe keloids and their possible complications. In addition, the question of written informed consent before ear piercing is discussed.

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