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    Can I get my chondrodermatitis nodularis helicis fixed?

    I had a biopsy to a painful lump on my ear and they said it was chondrodermatitis nodularis helicis and not a cancer. The lump is really painful and it wakes me up at night. How can I get it fixed?
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    Mr Stephen Salerno

    Plastic Surgeon (Reconstructive & Cosmetic)

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    The area can be excised and then directly sutured with minimal deformity to the ear, However they do have a propensity to recur.
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    Stephen Salerno

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    Dr Jillian Tomlinson

    Hand Surgeon, Plastic Surgeon (Reconstructive & Cosmetic)

    Dr Jill Tomlinson is a fully qualified plastic, reconstructive and hand surgeon. After graduating dux in her year at University High School, Jill completed medical … View Profile

    Thanks for your question! This condition can definitely be treated and there are both non-surgical and surgical options. The problem is caused by pressure on the ear, so avoiding pressure on the ear is the mainstay of non-surgical treatment. 

    Surgical treatment of the area is usually quite successful. Recurrence rates vary from 5-30% and are highest in people who have large ulcers and who are unable to avoid putting pressure on the ear during the recovery phase. 

    For more detailed information, including a video that shows common examples of the condition, please visit this page on chondrodermatitis nodularis helicis at my website. 

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