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J Oral Biol Craniofac Res. 2013 Jan-Apr;3(1):42-4. doi: 10.1016/j.jobcr.2012.11.003. Epub 2012 Nov 20.

Pressure appliance to prevent the recurrence of auricular seroma: A new clinical trial.

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Dept of Prosthodontics, Purvanchal Institute of Dental Sciences, Gorakhpur 273209, Uttar Pradesh, India.
Dept of Prosthodontics, M.S. Ramaiah Dental College and Hospital, Bangalore 560044, Karnataka, India.
Dept of Oral Pathology and Microbiology, Purvanchal Institute of Dental Sciences, Gorakhpur 273209, Uttar Pradesh, India.
Dept of Oral Pathology, Faculty of Dental Sciences, King George's Medical University, Lucknow 226001, Uttar Pradesh, India.



Auricular swellings significantly affect the facial aesthetics. Swelling affecting the pinna can lead to overt disfigurement and change the entire appeal of the face. Gross deformity can occur because of a delay in diagnosis and mismanagement. In our clinical trial fabrication of a simple, effective innovative pressure appliance for auricular seroma is presented to prevent such changes.


Our case report comprises of a new clinical trial on a patient with auricular seroma referred from the department of ENT, M.S. Ramaiah medical hospital, Bangalore, Karnataka. A 19-gauge stainless steel wire (Leo wire, Leone, Italy) and chemically cure resin was used to fabricate the pressure appliance to prevent the recurrence of auricular seroma.


Patient was successfully treated with the help of pressure appliance after 8 weeks of follow up.


This appliance is a masked alternative to conventional pressure dressing after drainage of auricular seroma which does not pose embarrassment for patient to apply. The use of such an appliance will ensure patient compliance, thereby preventing long term auricular deformity.


Auricular seroma; Drainage; Pressure appliance

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