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July 9, 1927

TREATMENT FOR ACUTE TRAUMATIC HEMATOMA OF EXTERNAL EAR

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Ithaca, N. Y. Athletic Physician, Cornell University

JAMA. 1927;89(2):112-113. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.92690020002011c

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Abstract

This condition, which is common among boxers and wrestlers and is less frequently found among men engaged in other sports, responds as a rule to a very simple treatment. During the last five years I have had the opportunity to treat about 100 cases, and in all of these I have obtained good results. I feel that I can promise a perfect ear if instructions are followed.

The treatment consists first in aspirating the blood or serum which is present and then applying pressure to the anterior and posterior surfaces so as to place and keep the surfaces once separated by the fluid in apposition. Aspiration can be done immediately or at any time within five days after the date of injury. This pressure should be applied for six or seven days, and can then be safely removed. To get the best results the ear should be carefully protected, and not be injured even

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