|Also called: boxer's ear, Technical name: aural haematoma permanent swelling and distortion of the external ear as the result of ruptures of the blood vessels: usually caused by blows received in boxing|
cauliflower ear cau·li·flow·er ear (kô'lĭ-flou'ər)
An ear that is swollen, hardened, and deformed from extravasation of blood following repeated blows.
distortion of the cartilage of the outer ear as the result of an injury. If the injury causes bleeding between the cartilage and the skin, it produces a smooth and rounded purplish swelling. Accumulated clotted blood, if not removed, is transformed into scar tissue, causing permanent, odd-shaped thickening of the outer ear. Because boxers' and wrestlers' ears are subjected to so much pounding abuse, cauliflower ear is often associated with those sports.
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