Case report: Earlobe inflammation from a palm thorn injury

Yan Press, Roni Peleg

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Injury from the thorn of a palm tree is characterized by a prolonged, painful inflammatory reaction. Even when the source of the inflammation is diagnosed, appropriate treatment is usually delayed because family doctors are not familiar with the entity. Penetration of a palm thorn into the earlobe is an unrecognized cause of local inflammation. We describe a case of injury from a palm tree thorn in this uncommon site. We present the technique of transillumination for the identification and removal of the palm thorn.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1182-1183
Number of pages2
JournalAmerican Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1 May 2016


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