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November 1985

Auricular Perichondritis Secondary to Acupuncture

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)