Advanced Practice - Perichondritis!




General: Infection of the connective tissue of the ear that covers auricle and pinna

● Can lead to liquefying chondritis if improperly treating

● Can result in disfigurement (cauliflower ear) or loss of external ear



● Secondary to ear piercings (especially high chondral)

● Trauma and burns.

● Can be secondary to trivial trauma like scratch

● Immunosuppression association: HIV, DM, Cancer


Micro: Pseudomonas most common; E.Coli co-infection in 50% of cases; skin flora

Clinical: Erythema, swelling, tenderness; usually spares lobule; examine the mastoid; can get abscess, cavitation and necrosis

Diagnosis: Clinical

Management: Ciprofloxacin 750 mg BID; use your institution’s antibiotic biogram to determine pseudomonas susceptibility in considering admission for IV antibiotics

● Consider fluoroquinolones in pediatric population as multiple reviews have failed to demonstrate musculoskeletal adverse events


Discharge Instructions: Early ENT follow up and strong return precautions regarding worsening symptoms as resistance to oral antibiotics is increasing




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