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J Laryngol Otol. 2013 May;127(5):505-8. doi: 10.1017/S0022215113000248. Epub 2013 Feb 26.

Piercing associated perichondritis of the pinna: are we treating it correctly?

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Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Colchester General Hospital, UK. zwl20cam@gmail.com

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

This paper reports a series of patients with sporadic pinna perichondritis who presented to a district general hospital over a period of 10 years. The data examined included the causative organism, risk factors and pattern of antibiotic use.

METHOD:

A retrospective analysis of diagnosed cases of pinna perichondritis from 2001 to 2012 was performed. A literature review of pinna perichondritis was carried out using Pubmed with the key words 'pinna perichondritis', 'pinna abscess', 'pinna infection' and 'piercing'.

RESULTS:

Pinna perichondritis was more likely to result from chondral than lobe piercings. The majority of cases were caused by Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

CONCLUSION:

Most patients were not prescribed anti-pseudomonal antibiotics on presentation. This may result in persistent infection and long-term cosmetic defects.

PMID:
23442437
DOI:
10.1017/S0022215113000248
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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