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Ear Hematoma in Long Island, NY

An ear hematoma is an injury to the outer portion of the ear. The condition is common amongst those who play contact sports, such as wrestling, boxing, and mixed martial arts. Eunice E. Park, MD, who is dual board-certified in facial plastic surgery and ear, nose and throat (otolaryngology), offers treatment for ear hematomas for the residents of Long Island, Queens and surrounding communities in New York.

What is an Ear Hematoma?

An ear hematoma, also known as an “auricular hematoma,” occurs when the outer portion of the ear suffers an injury or trauma. The nature of the trauma is severe enough to cause a separation of the tissues inside the ear. Blood then leaks out of the vessels and fills the space created by the separation. You may or may not see blood draining from the ear.

Ear hematomas are also referred to as “cauliflower ear” due to the appearance of a swollen and deformed outer ear. The condition is most common amongst athletes who are subjected to shearing blows to the ears, such as wrestlers, boxers, and mixed martial artists.

Benefits of Treatment for an Ear Hematoma

Treatment for an ear hematoma may prevent complications, such as:

  • Decreased or blocked blood flow
  • Improper healing of the cartilage
  • Permanent deformity of the outer ear shape

What are the Common Symptoms of an Ear Hematoma?

The most common symptoms of an ear hematoma are:

  • Swollen and misshapen appearance of the outer ear
  • Discoloration of the skin caused by the accumulation of blood
  • Bleeding, although this does not always occur

If a person with an ear hematoma receives another blow to the ear, the skin may split allowing the pooled blood to drain.

How is an Ear Hematoma Diagnosed and Treated?

Ear hematomas can be diagnosed upon visual inspection. People who have a history of ear hematomas may already have a misshapen outer ear, so diagnosis may be more difficult. Treatment involves draining the blood and examining the cartilage for any signs of severe damage.

How Much Does Treatment for an Ear Hematoma Cost in Long Island, NY?

Treatment for ear hematomas may be covered by medical insurance based on Dr. Park’s evaluation. After the consultation, we provide an estimate of your out-of-pocket costs, although this may vary based on the actual treatment and insurance carrier determination. We accept several forms of payment for your portion, including cash, checks and major credit cards.

Ear hematomas are common amongst athletes, and treatment may prevent future complications. If you live in Long Island, Queens and surrounding communities in New York and want more information about ear hematoma treatments, contact us to schedule a consultation with Dr. Park.