What does cauliflower ear look like?

Stuart A. Linder, MD
Plastic Surgery
A cauliflower ear simply looks like a "cauliflower." The underlying auricular cartilage has necrosed or died leading to a misshapen and deformed shaped ear. This deformity is most commonly seen in boxers and wrestlers whom have had repeated blows to the external ear. 

In its worst cases, cauliflower ear really does look like its name-cauliflower. The cartilage may be destroyed to such an extent that the ear totally loses its shape, turning into a lumpy mass. In mild cases, the cartilage may just look slightly thickened. The ear may also look bruised.

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