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What are the possible complications of perichondritis?

Without treatment, perichondritis can lead to "cartilage necrosis," which means the cartilage in your ear dies. This complication results when the flow of blood to the cartilage is blocked by the buildup of pus caused by the infection. Without this blood supply, the cartilage dies. At this point, your doctor must surgically remove the cartilage, thus causing a change in the shape of the ear.

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