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Perichondritis in Children

  • Overview

    Perichondritis is an infection of the skin and tissue surrounding the cartilage of the outer ear. Perichondritis is usually caused by injury to the ear as a result of:

    Perichondritis can cause severe damage to the ear structure if it becomes chondritis  — infection of the cartilage itself.

    Cosmetic surgery

    Repeated infections of perichondritis can lead to a condition informally called "cauliflower ear." If your child has this disfiguring problem, plastic surgeons at Boston Children's Hospital's Cosmetic Surgery Program can help.

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