It is our purpose to present a most unusual case—bleeding from the ear at birth. Though flecks of dry blood are seen occasionally in or on the external ear of the newborn infant,1 apparently of maternal origin, we have not seen bleeding such as this previously reported.
Report of Case
Pregnancy.—The mother, a 23-year-old primigravida who had not been followed in our prenatal clinic, entered the hospital with a diagnosis of severe pre-eclampsia. Membranes had been ruptured artificially 12 hours prior to delivery. Presentation was vertex, position left occipito transverse, requiring episiotomy and Keiland forceps rotation to accomplish delivery of a 7½ lb (3.2 kg) male infant. Oxygen and mask resuscitation were successful in establishing respirations, and he was sent to the nursery in "fair" condition.Nursery Examination.—In the nursery, this baby was found to have right facial paresis, absent suck reflex, weak cry, slight bleeding from the
McLELLAN MS, RIEHL R. Neonatal Bleeding From the Ear. Am J Dis Child. 1964;107(2):193–194. doi:https://doi.org/10.1001/archpedi.1964.02080060195016
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