Felis ISSN 2398-2950

Ear: hematoma drainage

Synonym(s): Aural hematoma drainage; Auricular hematoma drainage/obliteration; Aural hematoma obliteration

Contributor(s): Charlie Walker

Introduction

  • Surgical method of treating an aural hematoma Ear: aural hematoma  Aural hematoma: close up  Aural hematoma: head positioning  Aural hematoma 01   Aural hematoma 02 - surgical incision and obliteration of the hematoma cavity.

Uses

Advantages

  • Best success rate.
  • Surgical scarring means less risk of recurrence.

Disadvantages

  • General anesthetic required increasing costs, and potential risk, to patient.
  • Cosmetic result may be poor owing to deformity from scar formation.
  • Elizabethan collar and/or claw covers may be necessary thereafter.
  • Slow healing of incision site.

Requirements

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Preparation

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Procedure

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Aftercare

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Outcomes

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Prognosis

  • Good when correct choice of treatment for size/duration of hematoma.
  • Best long term response when primary cause treated successfully.
  • Cosmetic results vary according to size of hematoma and degree of scarring.

Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

  • Recent references from PubMed and VetMedResource.
  • Romatowski J (1994) Non-surgical treatment of aural hematomas. JAVMA 204 (9), 1318 PubMed.
  • Kuwahara J (1986) Canine and feline aural hematoma - clinical, experimental and clinicopathologic observations. Am J Vet Res 47 (10), 2300-2308 PubMed.
  • Weber H O (1979) A technique for surgical treatment of aural hematoma in dogs and cats. Vet Med Small Anim Clin 74 (9), 1271 PubMed.


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