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A child with a painful swollen ear
  1. Chris A Rees1,
  2. Daniel M Rubalcava2,
  3. Corrie E Chumpitazi2
  1. 1 Department of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, USA
  2. 2 Section of Emergency Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, USA
  1. Correspondence to Corrie E Chumpitazi, Section of Emergency Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine, 1102 Bates Street, Suite 1850, Houston, TX 77030, USA; corriec{at}bcm.edu

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A previously healthy 2-year-old boy presented to the emergency department with a 1-day history of pain, swelling and redness of his left auricle, which spared his earlobe (figure 1). There was no reported preceding trauma, fever or otorrhea, and no history of otitis media or change in hearing. On examination, there was erythema, oedema and warmth with tenderness on moving the auricle but no fluctuance …

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