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Winter 2018, Vol. 26 No. 4

Hong Kong J. Dermatol. Venereol. (2018) 26, 175-179

Review Article

Chondrodermatitis of the ear: the painful truth


C Zilberg and S Lee 李啟焱

Background: Chondrodermatitis nodularis chronica helicis (CDH) is an inflammatory disease of the ear, typically occurring in, but not limited to, middle-aged and elderly men. Untreated disease is painful, disfiguring and sleep-depriving. Misdiagnosis and suboptimal treatment are common. Objectives: To raise awareness of this disease and provide an overview of treatment modalities. Discussion: Clinical presentation is specific for a painful lesion on the side a patient sleeps on. Cutaneous malignancies often occur on the ear - we stress the importance of excluding malignancy. Inappropriate management leads to recurrence or disfigurement. Conclusion: This is a treatable disease. Biopsy is required if there is any doubt in diagnosis.


Keywords: Chondrodermatitis nodularis chronica helicis, cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma, basal cell carcinoma, ear nodules

關鍵詞: 慢性耳輪結節性軟骨皮膚炎,皮膚鱗狀細胞癌,基底細胞癌,耳結節