Is cauliflower ear serious?

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Stuart A. Linder, MD
Plastic Surgery
A cauliflower ear is Not serious or life threatening. However, it may cause permanent auricular deformity that is not correctable. Immediate surgical decompression and antibiotics may prevents cartilage death and bacterial infection. Repeated blows to the ear from boxers and wrestlers may be associated with perichondrial hematoma leading to cartilage necrosis and ear deformities.

Cauliflower ear is a permanent malformation, and it means the cartilage inside your ear is dead. The injury that causes cauliflower ear can also get infected. The malformation itself is not usually considered harmful, however.

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