Abscess of the pinna

Case contributed by Dr Becky Chan

Presentation

Left ear lobe swelling and tenderness. Two weeks post ear piercing.

Patient Data

Age: 15 years
Gender: Female
CT

A well-defined 3 x 3 cm hypodense collection is located in the left pinna. Associated regional soft tissue swelling. 

The mastoid air cells are clear.  The middle and inner ear structures are preserved. No cortical destruction indicating established osteomyelitis or mastoiditis.

Case Discussion

A case of external ear (pinna) collection/abscess.

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