AURICULAR ABSCESS

AURICULAR ABSCESS
. "High" piercing, which requires puncture through the cartilage of the upper two third of the pinna may cause auricular perichondritis and abscess formation. Loss of cartilage due to poor blood supply results in an unsightly deformity known as "cauliflower ear," which has a poor chance of good reconstruction. the usual infective agent in auricular perichondritis is a bacterium called Pseudomonas aeruginosa. In the early phase of infection, treatment should focus on eradicating this bacteuium. Keep the patient under close observation to check the response to antbiotics.Failure to respond to treatment requires admission to an ear, nose, and throat department.Surgical intervention is required at the earliest sign of an abscess.High ear piercing should be discouraged due to above reasons. Lacerations of the pinna can progress to severe chondritis or perichondritis and so must be fully treated by suturing under antibiotic cover.