Podcast 614: Perichondritis - The Emergency Medical Minute

Podcast 614: Perichondritis

Contributor: Nick Tsipis, MD

Educational Pearls:

  • Perichondritis involves infection of not only the connective tissue of the ear but typically the cartilage as well
  • Symptoms include erythema, ear pain, and fevers
  • The most common bacterial cause is Pseudomonas.
  • Perichondritis often occurs after a wound or piercing, but trauma is not necessary for the infection to occur
  • Anti-pseudomonal coverage is essential with typically oral agents for milder disease and IV antibiotics for severe infections
  • Can have devastating outcomes if not treated aggressively and/or treated early due to poor blood supply to the cartilage of the ear


Prasad HK, Sreedharan S, Prasad HS, Meyyappan MH, Harsha KS. Perichondritis of the auricle and its management. J Laryngol Otol. 2007 Jun;121(6):530-4. doi: 10.1017/S0022215107005877. Epub 2007 Feb 26. PMID: 17319983.

Summarized by Jackson Roos, MS4 | Edited by Erik Verzemnieks, MD

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