How does perichondritis affect the body?

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When you have perichondritis, the infection causes pus to build up between the ear's cartilage and the perichondrium. The perichondrium is a layer of tissue that helps supply nutrients to the cartilage. If the infection becomes severe, this build up of pus can block the blood flow to the cartilage and cause it to die.

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