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Red ear syndrome and auricular erythromelalgia: the same condition?
Article first published online: 1 JUN 2009
© 2009 The Author(s). Journal compilation © 2009 British Association of Dermatologists
Clinical and Experimental Dermatology
Volume 34, Issue 8, pages e626–e628, December 2009
How to Cite
Brill, T. J., Funk, B., Thaçi, D. and Kaufmann, R. (2009), Red ear syndrome and auricular erythromelalgia: the same condition?. Clinical and Experimental Dermatology, 34: e626–e628. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2230.2009.03342.x
- Issue published online: 13 NOV 2009
- Article first published online: 1 JUN 2009
- Accepted for publication 27 October 2008
Several cases of relapsing attacks during which the ear becomes red and patients experience a burning sensation have been reported in the literature. This combination of symptoms has been described as ‘red ear syndrome’ (RES). We report on a 7-year-old boy who had episodes of reddening, swelling and a burning sensation in one ear with local hyperthermia persisting for 3 years. The differential diagnosis included RES and erythromelalgia, as isolated auricular variants of erythromelalgia have been described and the symptoms are difficult to distinguish from RES. In this report, we discuss the similarities and differences between RES and erythromelalgia.