Perichondritis of the external ear is a frightening and disfiguring complication of the traumatized ear leading to residual deformity in cases 1. Here we have 20 cases of post-traumatic perichondritis, out of which 9 were diagnosed in the earliest stages and treated with oral antibiotics only, 7 were diagnosed after abscess formation and treated in the hospital setting with intravenous antibiotics and 4 were diagnosed after abscess formation and treated with surgical intervention along with intravenous antibiotics. The challenge lies in early diagnosis, proper analysis of the aetiological factors responsible, bacteriological agents involved, attempt to classify and stage this disease, as well as to formulate a treatment protocol that should be advocated for the different disease stages.
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