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August 1989

Wrestler's Hematoma

Author Affiliations

Ann Arbor, Mich

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1989;115(8):995. doi:10.1001/archotol.1989.01860320105033

To the Editor.—I am writing this letter concerning the article by Schuller and coauthors entitled "A Technique to Treat Wrestlers: Auricular Hematoma Without Interrupting Training or Competition," published in the Archives.1 I would like to say that I thoroughly enjoyed the article for its clarity, and also because Dr Schuller and his coworkers have added 24 more auricular hematomas to Coulthard's and my publication on the same topic published in Laryngoscope.2 In our article we described 10 patients who had excellent cosmetic results with this technique. We also pointed out that one could apply this technique to wrestlers without utilizing a drain or, if people elected not to continue to participate until the ear had healed, one could place a Penrose drain.

It is somewhat discouraging that these authors did not do a complete literature search in the major journals in our specialty so that they could