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Cutaneous lesions of the external ear

Michael Sand1*, Daniel Sand2, Dominik Brors3, Peter Altmeyer4, Benno Mann1 and Falk G Bechara4

Author Affiliations

1 Department of General and Visceral Surgery, Augusta Kranken Anstalt, Academic Teaching Hospital of the Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany

2 Department of Physiological Science, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), Los Angeles, California, USA

3 Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany

4 Department of Dermatology and Allergology, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany

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Head & Face Medicine 2008, 4:2  doi:10.1186/1746-160X-4-2

Published: 8 February 2008

Abstract

Skin diseases on the external aspect of the ear are seen in a variety of medical disciplines. Dermatologists, othorhinolaryngologists, general practitioners, general and plastic surgeons are regularly consulted regarding cutaneous lesions on the ear.

This article will focus on those diseases wherefore surgery or laser therapy is considered as a possible treatment option or which are potentially subject to surgical evaluation.