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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 28  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 65-68

Management of earlobe pseudocysts using the bolster technique


Department of Otorhinolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, Andalas University, Padang, West Sumatera, Indonesia

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Dr. Al Hafiz Djosan
Department of Otorhinolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, Andalas University, Padang, West Sumatera
Indonesia
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DOI: 10.4103/indianjotol.indianjotol_129_21

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Pseudocysts of the ear are asymptomatic noninflammatory cystic enlargements without pain, are idiopathic, and relatively rare, usually located in the lateral or posterior region of the earlobe. The definitive etiology is still unclear, but it is thought that constant compressed trauma to the earlobe can be a trigger for the pseudocyst's development. Management is mainly carried out to achieve complete resolution, preventing the possibility of recurrence and maintaining the structure of the auricle. Corticosteroid injection, needle aspiration, and suppression techniques are common management modalities. Bolster compression technique is an emphasis on both sides using gauze. There were two cases of patients reported who performed procedures with a bolster. The first case was a 35-year-old male patient with right ear pseudocyst. The second case was a 49-year-old male patient with recurrent right ear pseudocysts. Management of ear pseudocysts with suppression using a bolster is safe and effective, inexpensive, and has minimal risk for recurrence.


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