What is the treatment for cauliflower ear?

To treat cauliflower ear, a doctor may make an incision in the ear to drain the clotted blood. The doctor will put a tight bandage on the ear that will remain for three to seven days. The bandage presses the skin and cartilage back together, re-establishing blood flow to the cartilage. When done promptly, this keeps cauliflower ear from forming. The doctor may also prescribe antibiotics.

Stuart A. Linder, MD
Plastic Surgery
The treatment for a cauliflower ear is surgical decompression. Immediate fluid or blood removal after the traumatic incident will reduce incidence of pressure induced cartilage necrosis. Time is definitely of the Essence with a subperichondrium hematoma. 

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