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Case presentation: a novel way of treating acute cauliflower ear in a professional rugby player
  1. D J M Macdonald1,
  2. N Calder2,
  3. G Perrett3,
  4. R G McGuiness2
  1. 1Western Infirmary, Glasgow, Scotland, UK
  2. 2Royal Alexandria Hospital, Paisley, Scotland, UK
  3. 3The Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
 Duncan J M Macdonald
 Western Infirmary, Glasgow, UK;


Acute auricular haematoma is a common problem in rugby players and can be difficult to treat due to re-accumulation of the fluid and can subsequently cause the unsightly cauliflower ear. We present a case of auricular haematoma affecting the central part of the pinna in a professional rugby player. This was treated successfully by aspiration and the use of silicone splints which allowed the player to continue training and competing.

  • auricle
  • cauliflower ear
  • haematoma
  • rugby

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