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November 1988

A Technique to Treat Auricular Hematoma While Continuing to Wrestle

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1988;114(11):1228. doi:10.1001/archotol.1988.01860230022006

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At the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery spring meeting in Palm Beach, Fla, Dr David Schuller, Columbus, Ohio, described the results of a study Dr Steven Dankle, Milwaukee, and he conducted using a technique to treat auricular hematoma. The technique, which permits continued wrestling after an injury, can be performed in an athletic training room. Treatment consists of infiltrating the lateral and medial surfaces of the auricle with a local anesthetic with epinephrine, incising the lateral skin over the hematoma, and compressing the hematoma site between dental rolls held in place with through-and-through sutures of 3-0 nylon. Dr Schuller recommends using a mastoid dressing for 24 hours. He then has the patient coat the dental rolls with ointment until he removes them at 14 days. Dr Schuller reviewed the results of this technique in 24 auricular hematomas in 19 prep and collegiate wrestlers. Thirteen of the hematomas

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