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Uncommon Presentation of a Preauricular Sinus

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The preauricular sinus is a common finding in the pediatric population. An unusual case of a preauricular sinus that had as only manifestations recurrent postauricular abscesses is presented. A 13 year-old boy presented to the outpatients department with an infected cystic lesion and a hypertrophic scar below the left earlobe. He was operated 7 times in the past by different surgeons; however the postauricular abscess always recurred. Thorough clinical examination revealed a preauricular pit. The combined excision of the preauricular sinus and the remnants of the postauricular cyst resolved the problem and the patient has been asymptomatic ever since during a two years follow-up. Recurrent postauricular infected cysts may, albeit uncommonly, indicate an aberrant preauricular sinus, and the clinician needs to be aware of this possibility.

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G. Alexandra Spyropoulou, A. Dionyssopoulos, D. Oikonomou and G. Sterne, "Uncommon Presentation of a Preauricular Sinus," Modern Plastic Surgery, Vol. 2 No. 3, 2012, pp. 61-63. doi: 10.4236/mps.2012.23016.


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