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Int Med Case Rep J. 2018 Jan 18;11:5-7. doi: 10.2147/IMCRJ.S152145. eCollection 2018.

Cauliflower ear - a minimally invasive treatment method in a wrestling athlete: a case report.

Haik J1,2,3,4, Givol O2, Kornhaber R1,5, Cleary M6, Ofir H1,2, Harats M1,2,3.

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Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer, Ramat Gan.
Sackler School of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel.
Burn Injury Research Node, Institute for Health Research University of Notre Dame Fremantle, Fremantle WA, Australia.
Talpiot Leadership Program, Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer, Ramat Gan, Israel.
Faculty of Health.
School of Health Sciences, College of Health and Medicine, University of Tasmania, Sydney, NSW, Australia.


Acute auricular hematoma can be caused by direct blunt trauma or other injury to the external ear. It is typically seen in those who practice full contact sports such as boxing, wrestling, and rugby. "Cauliflower ear" deformity, fibrocartilage formation during scarring, is a common complication of auricular hematomas. Therefore, acute drainage of the hematoma and postprocedural techniques for preventing recurrence are necessary for preventing the deformity. There are many techniques although no superior method of treatment has been found. In this case report, we describe a novel method using needle aspiration followed by the application of a magnet and an adapted disc to the affected area of the auricular. This minimally invasive, simple, and accessible method could potentially facilitate the treatment of cauliflower ear among full contact sports athletes.


athletic injuries; case report; cauliflower ear; ear deformity; hematoma; wrestling

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Disclosure The authors report no conflicts of interest in this work.

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