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Preauricular sinus

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* Not a rare disease

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Treatment

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How might a preauricular sinus be treated?

The majority of preauricular sinuses do not cause symptoms or problems unless they become infected. Common signs of infection include swelling, redness, fluid drainage, and pain. In these cases, treatment typically includes systemic antibiotics. If an abscess is present, it will likely need to be incised and drained.[1][2]

There are differing opinions in the medical literature about the indications for surgical removal of preauricular sinuses. Some believe that even asymptomatic sinuses should be removed. Others believe that surgery is indicated if infection or other complications arise. [1][2]
Last updated: 6/11/2015

References
  1. Noah S Scheinfeld. Preauricular sinuses. Medscape Reference. January 2015; http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1118768-overview.
  2. Scheinfeld NS, Silverberg NB, Weinberg JM, Nozad V. The preauricular sinus: a review of its clinical presentation, treatment, and associations. Pediatr Dermatol. May-June, 2004; 21(3):191-196. Accessed 5/21/2014.


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