Typically caused by blunt force trauma that injures the cartilage of the ear, cauliflower ear is a result of a disruption in blood supply (separating the skin from the cartilage), which forms a large hematoma or pocket of blood. As reported by MedicineNet, when the injury to the ear begins to heal, it can shrivel up and fold in on itself and appear pale, giving it a cauliflower-like appearance. Cauliflower ear is a unique trauma that is commonly associated with wrestlers, boxers or martial artists. Even so, when left untreated, the condition may become a permanent deformity as cartilage tissues in the ear die and succumb to fibrosis. What’s more is that when cartilage is deprived of blood and nutrients, the risk of infection is high.
Symptoms associated with cauliflower ear range from pain, swelling and bruising to more severe manifestations such as ringing in the ear, loss of hearing, headaches or blurred vision. It’s important to understand that when cartilage tissues begin to die, symptoms could disappear. For this reason, individuals with acute ear trauma and symptoms should seek medical attention immediately.
Early treatment of cauliflower ear usually involves draining the blood from the hematoma and prescribing antibiotics to prevent or treat infection. Even so, many patients are referred to a plastic surgeon for reconstruction of the deformity.
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The anatomical structure of the ear is fragile and complex at best, as its components enable individuals to hear and balance properly. Thus, when it comes to treating ear deformities and ensuring proper healing, patients all over the United States seek the precision and skill of Dr. Mark Mitchell Jones in Atlanta.
As a leading authority in ear reconstruction and plastic surgery, Dr. Jones has dedicated a large portion of his practice to ear repair and reshaping. Having attended some of the most prestigious educational institutions throughout Europe and the U.S., Dr. Jones has performed countless ear reconstruction surgeries over the course of his 20-year career. With a compassionate, patient-centered approach, Dr. Jones carefully assesses each patient’s condition before formulating a reconstruction plan that will best suit his or her needs. Without question, patients and families benefit from Dr. Jones’s skillful approach to treatment.
If you or a loved one is suffering from cauliflower ear or other ear deformity, contact Dr. Mark Mitchell Jones at Atlanta Plastic Surgery Specialists, P.C. today.