Pediatrics & Therapeutics

Pediatrics & Therapeutics
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Auricular Perichondritis Complicating Helical Ear Piercing

Aldo Recinos, Tarik Zahouani, Catalina Marino and Yekaterina Sitnitskaya

Auricular perichondritis is a dangerous complication of the traumatized ear that can lead to residual deformity. The most common pathogen is Pseudomonas aeruginosa, followed by Staphylococcus aureus. A 14 year old female presented to the emergency department (ED) complaining of pain and swelling in her right pinna for two weeks after an ear piercing, she was treated with antibiotics and showed a complete resolution. Prompt and early diagnosis of perichondritis is primordial to avoid potential esthetic sequelae.