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Assessment and management of auricle (ear) lacerations

Kelly Michele Malloy, MD
Judd E Hollander, MD
Section Editors
Anne M Stack, MD
Allan B Wolfson, MD
Deputy Editor
James F Wiley, II, MD, MPH


This chapter will cover assessment and management of simple and complex auricle (ear) lacerations. Once serious head or middle ear injury is excluded, careful closure of ear lacerations after copious but gentle irrigation and minimal debridement should ensure coverage of any exposed cartilage to preserve cosmetic appearance.

Minor wound management, methods of suture placement, repair of adjacent anatomic sites, and evaluation of middle ear trauma are discussed in detail separately:

(See "Minor wound preparation and irrigation".)

(See "Closure of skin wounds with sutures".)

(See "Assessment and management of facial lacerations".)


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