Tuesday, December 14, 2010

chondrodermatitis Nodularis Helicis

This picture shows the ear of a 74 year old female who has a one year history of a slightly painful lesion on her auricle. The lesion was characteristic of chrondrodermatitis nodularis helicis (CDNH).
CDNH is a slow growing painful lesion which may reach a size of 2 to 4 mm. It begins as a nodule over the cartilage folds of the ear and may progress to form a central crust and ulceration. The cause is unknown but CDNH usually occurs on the side the patient sleeps and may be related to trauma. The most common location is on the mid portion of the antihelix.

Treatment is to excise the lesion and underlying inflamed cartilage. Steroid injections have also been advocated but in my experience they have not been successful.

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