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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 …
Contributors Both DMR and CEC attended to this patient in the emergency department. CAR wrote the first draft of the manuscript, and DMR and CEC provided revisions and assisted with references.
Competing interests None declared.
Patient consent Obtained from the parents.
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