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The punch and graft technique: a novel method of surgical treatment for chondrodermatitis nodularis helicis

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Neil RajanORCiD, Dr James Langtry


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Background Chondrodermatitis nodularis helicis (CDNH) is a painful inflammatory condition affecting the helix of the ear. Several surgical treatments are described in the literature, with different cure rates and cosmetic outcomes. Objectives To determine the cure rate of a novel method of surgical treatment, the 'punch and graft' technique, for CDNH and to compare this with reported techniques. Methods Twenty-three lesions in 22 patients over a period of 7 years and 4 months were treated with the punch and graft technique, which is described. Results A cure rate of 83% was obtained. The patients were followed up for a period of 1-86 months and cosmetic results were good. Conclusions The punch and graft technique is a novel method for surgical treatment of CDNH, with results comparable with those of existing methods.

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Author(s): Rajan N, Langtry JAA

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: British Journal of Dermatology

Year: 2007

Volume: 157

Issue: 4

Pages: 744-747

ISSN (print): 0007-0963

ISSN (electronic): 1365-2133

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell


DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2133.2007.08099.x


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