Cysts – Pseudocyst of the Auricle

December 18th, 2010

Pseudocyst of the Auricle is a tender red nodule that develops on the upper portion of the ear that I encounter in my The Woodlands dermatology and Conroe dermatology offices.  It typically arises after trauma to the ear, that may be as subtle as repeated rubbing or scratching of the ear.  Inflammatory fluid develops between the cartilage separating it into two distinct layers, which creates a cyst like cavity.  Unlike “true” cysts, Pseudocyst of the Auricle does not have a sac lining that confines the cystic contents, thus the name “Pseudocyst.”  The majority of all patients with Pseudocyst of the Auricle are young males between the ages of 20 and 40.  Treatment involves aspirating the cystic fluid and applying a bolster to the ear for several weeks to close the cystic cavity.  Just aspirating the cyst fluid without applying long term pressure to the ear will result in recurrence of the Pseudocyst.

Pseudocyst of the Auricle