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A young person with auricular an infection secondary to piercing

  1. Xiaoting Cheng, otolaryngologist1 2,
  2. Kevin A Peng, otolaryngologist 3,
  3. Bing Chen, otolaryngologist 1 2,
  4. Yilai Shu, otolaryngologist1 2
  1. 1ENT Institute and Otorhinolaryngology Division of the Affiliated Eye and ENT Hospital, State Key Laboratory of Medical Neurobiology and MOE Frontiers Heart for Mind Science, Fudan College, Shanghai, China
  2. 2NHC Key Laboratory of Listening to Medication, Fudan College, Shanghai, China
  3. 3Home Institute, Los Angeles, USA
  1. Correspondence to Y Shu yilai_shu{at}

A teenage lady offered with persistent ear ache after an uneventful piercing of her proper auricle to position an earring. 5 days after the piercing, she observed otalgia adjoining to the piercing, and ache in the fitting aspect of her neck. She had no different medical circumstances. Earlier than presentation she had acquired a course of intravenous antibiotics and had undergone incision and drainage of the affected space, however her signs endured. On examination, she had a swollen, mildly fluctuant pinna (fig 1). Her temperature, coronary heart price, and respiratory price have been regular. A whole blood rely confirmed a white cell rely of 12.63×109/L (regular vary 4.0-10.0×109/L).

Fig 1

Proper auricle, exhibiting ample irritation and purulence. A drain/wick (arrow) had been positioned earlier than the …



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