Infra-auricular Sinus: A Very Rare Case Presentation

  • Ahilasamy Nagalingeswaran
  • Rajendran Dinesh KumarEmail author
Clinical Report


A 22-year-old male patient presented with right infra-auricular sinus since birth with preauricular swelling and discharge on and off since age of 3 years. He had no history of previous surgery. Patient noted frequent swelling and foul smelling discharge inferior to right tragus through a small puncta every 3–6 monthly, resulting in abscess formation and scaring around 1–1.5 cms below and anterior to puncta site. The infra tragal sinus tract and the cyst were completely removed surgically by infra-auricular approach. The histopathology report was suggestive of an infra-auricular preauricular sinus. No recurrence was noted on follow up to 2 years. We report this case for its rarity since less than 5 cases have been reported in literature.


Preauricular sinus Excision Abscess 


Author’s Contribution

AN: performed surgery, prepared the manuscript and patient preoperative and postoperative management and follow up. DKR: preparation of the manuscript, literature review and review of manuscript.

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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interests.

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All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Ahilasamy ENT CentreChennaiIndia
  2. 2.Department of ENT and Head-Neck SurgeryP.D. Hinduja Sindhi HospitalBengaluruIndia

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