Cauliflower Ear is an Ear complication also called:  hematoma auris, traumatic auricular hematoma.

The external portion of the ear suffers an injury, blood clot or other cause for a collection of fluid to occur under the perichondrium.

The cartilage of the ear, separates from the perichondrium causing a fibrious tissues to develop.

The thickening of the tissues is caused by the fibrious tissue.

The external ear resembles a cauliflower – and so it is named.

Hematoma is the accumulation of blood in a certain area.

Can be prevented or limited by Headgear – that protects the ears.

If untreated, can be painful and deformity and even hearing loss.


Commonly seen in the following sports:

1.)  Wrestlers

2.)  Fighters

3.)  Kick boxers or Martial Artists

4.)  Rugby players



1.)  Antibiotics – when necessary.

2.)  Draining – when necessary

3.)  Tension or Compression dressing – placed around ears by a medical provider to limit the separation of the cartilage


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