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Plastic Surgery International
Volume 2016 (2016), Article ID 4340168, 12 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2016/4340168
Review Article

Therapeutic Options of Chondrodermatitis Nodularis Helicis

1Department of Plastic Surgery and Breast Surgery, Roskilde Hospital, 4000 Roskilde, Denmark
2Department of Pathology, Roskilde Sygehus, Denmark

Received 27 October 2015; Accepted 3 January 2016

Academic Editor: Nicolo Scuderi

Copyright © 2016 Lea Juul Nielsen et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Chondrodermatitis Nodularis Helicis is a benign inflammatory process affecting the skin and cartilage of the ear. It typically presents as a painful nodule surrounded by an area of erythema and often prevents the patient from sleeping on the affected side. Many treatments have been described in the literature, but the condition is prone to recurrence. A literature search was performed in order to identify the best possible treatment. Fifty-eight articles were included, describing and investigating nonsurgical as well as surgical treatment modalities. Large prospective, controlled, and randomised long-term studies are lacking, but based on the available literature, we recommend starting with a conservative approach using decompression devices. Simple surgical procedures should only be used if conservative measures fail.