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August 1989

Alternative Treatment for Wrestlers' Hematoma-Reply

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Columbus, Ohio

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1989;115(8):995. doi:10.1001/archotol.1989.01860320105035

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In Reply.—This letter is in response to letters you have received from Drs Jaffee and Koopmann.

The technique described by Dr Jaffee certainly is interesting. It has run the test of time with his extended personal experience of 25 years. The problem it creates for the high school or collegiate wrestler, who is currently competing, is that is does not permit physical contact for 48 to 72 hours. Our motivation for using the approach described in our article reflects the reluctance on the part of the wrestlers to delay competing for any period of time. I would be somewhat skeptical that the fine-mesh gauze and collodion would represent enough protection for the auricle that will be stressed with competition. It obviously represents a very effective way of treating auricular hematoma for a nonathlete.

With respect to Dr Koopmann's letter, I can only offer my apologies. I also apologize to Dr Tom

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