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November 1985

Auricular Perichondritis Secondary to Acupuncture

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery, Northwestern University Medical School (Dr Davis), and the Division of Otolaryngology, Department of Surgery, Cook County Hospital (Dr Powell), Chicago.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1985;111(11):770-771. doi:10.1001/archotol.1985.00800130102016

• Auricular perichondritis developed in a patient following acupuncture to the pinna. Poor response to high-dose antibiotics necessitated open drainage. The underlying cartilage was uninvolved, and minimal deformity ensued. Acupuncture must be considered a form of penetrating trauma that may induce a perichondritis or chondritis in the auricle.

(Arch Otolaryngol 1985;111:770-771)

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