Title:
Acute external ear lesions: clinical aspects, assessment and management
Authors:
M.-P. Thill , M. Horoi , K. Ostermann , C. Depuydt , M. Deschamps and C. Ducène
Institutions:
ENT Department CHU St Pierre, Brussels; Emergency Department; Emergency Department UZGent, Ghent
Keywords:
Auricular haematoma; auricular perichondritis; auricular burn; auricular laceration; acute management
Pages:
155 - 171
Abstract:
Acute external ear lesions: clinical aspects, assessment and management.We reviewed the literature concern- ing the assessment and the management of the external ear traumas, which is not very rich. Nevertheless, we outlined the practical attitudes in the four major conditions met: the auricular haematoma, the auricular perichondritis, the auricular laceration and auricular burns. All these pathologies must be promptly treated because there is a risk of perichondritis, which can destroy the cartilage and will result in a severely deformed ear. Auricular haematomas must be drained as soon as possible, lacerations with exposed cartilage must be stitched urgently, and burnt ears should be washed, coated with alginates (Flaminal®) and covered with a loose dressing.Antibioprophylaxy should always be prescribed after a complete microbiological sampling.
Issue:
Suppl. 26.1, 2016


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Acute external ear lesions: clinical aspects, assessment and management