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September 1976

Perichondritis of the Ear as a Complication of Acupuncture

Author Affiliations

From the Channing Laboratory and Department of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School, Boston (Dr Baltimore), the departments of pediatrics (Dr Baltimore) and otolaryngology (Dr Moloy), Boston City Hospital, and the Department of Otolaryngology, Tufts University Medical School, Boston (Dr Moloy). After Sept 1, Dr Baltimore will be with the Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Conn.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1976;102(9):572-573. doi:10.1001/archotol.1976.00780140104016

• A 54-year-old woman developed pain, tenderness, and swelling at the site where a short acupuncture needle had been placed in the helix of the pinna. Staphylococcus aureus was isolated from this lesion, which was treated with removal of the needle and intravenously administered nafcillin. The patient recovered completely and had no scarring.

(Arch Otolaryngol 102:572-573, 1976)

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