An atypical ear nodule
How to cite this article: Greco V, Napolitano M, Ruggiero A, Lauro W, Scalvenzi M, Patruno C. An atypical ear nodule. Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol, doi: 10.25259/IJDVL_555_20.
A six year old girl presented with a 10 months' history of a nodule on the left ear lobe. Examination revealed that there was a single very firm nodule of about 0.5 cm diameter behind the ear lobe. It was characterized by peripheral erythema and arborizing telangiectatic vessels [Figure 1]. Dermatoscopic evaluation revealed the presence of arborizing, branching and non branching vessels radiating toward the center of a gold shiny background area; the vessels did not cross the center of the nodule [Figure 2]. The lesion was asymptomatic.The mother reported a previous occurrence of what seemed to be an infection following ear piercing with the spring loaded gun technique. She also reported never having found the back of the earring again. After administration of a local anesthetic, the nodule was opened surgically.The back of a gold butterfly earring, completely embedded in the left ear lobe, was removed [Figure 3].
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