Hematoma of the auricular pinna is an injury not commonly seen by the average practitioner. By those responsible for the care of athletes, more particularly of boxers and wrestlers, the injury is often encountered. Many physicians are at a loss as to how to treat the patient. Treatment may vary from neglect to incision and drainage of the ear. Faulty care of the hematoma in the early stage may result in extreme disfigurement.
The treatment of the fresh hematoma is simple. Aspiration with a small needle and a Luer syringe under reasonably aseptic conditions and the application of pressure for forty-eight hours are all that is necessary. The procedure is to be repeated as often as needed until the formation of the serosanguineous material beneath the integument has ceased.
The method of applying pressure to the bleeding area is the enigma. Collodion, the use of which is often advised, has
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