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“Cauliflower Ear” in a Teenager: A Possible Sign of Child Abuse


Address correspondence to Laura Cuesta Montero, M.D., Department of Dermatology, Hospital General Universitario, Pintor Baeza 12, 03010 Alicante, Spain, or e-mail:


Abstract:  “Cauliflower ear” is a perichondritis of the auricular pavilion, usually caused by infection or repeated trauma. In children, this entity is considered infrequent. We present the case of a 10-year-old girl living in a child care institution with “cauliflower ear” that was interpreted as a possible sign of child abuse.