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December 2000

Cell Phone Chondrodermatitis

Arch Dermatol. 2000;136(12):1568. doi:

Years ago, dermatologists distinguished 2 kinds of nodules on the ear. Chondrodermatitis nodularis chronicus helicis was due to defects in the cartilage, and was seen on the top of the helix in older men. Chondrodermatitis nodularis chronicus anthelicis was caused by outside pressure. At the time, the most prevalent cause was the large earpieces worn by telephone operators, or wimples worn by nuns.1

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