THE PURPOSE of this paper is to report a survey of 94 cases of chondrodermatitis nodularis chronica helicis observed at this center over a period of six years and to present our concept of the pathogenesis and treatment of this condition.
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Clinical Description.—Winkler,1 in 1916, first described this condition under the title mentioned and presented eight cases. It was his impression that it represented an entity, and he characterized it as a small painful nodule on the ear, having a distinctive pathologic picture. The helix, specifically, was the site of involvement in all his cases. The lesions were "cherry seed" in size and had a firmly attached, centrally located crust. Intense pain was elicited when he attempted to remove this crust, and its removal revealed a small, well-defined ulcer with an erythematous base. The remainder of the nodule was the color of the
NEWCOMER VD, STEFFEN CG, STERNBERG TH, LICHTENSTEIN L. CHONDRODERMATITIS NODULARIS CHRONICA HELICIS: Report of Ninety-Four Cases and Survey of Literature, with Emphasis upon Pathogenesis and Treatment. AMA Arch Derm Syphilol. 1953;68(3):241–255. doi:10.1001/archderm.1953.01540090003001
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