Facial plast Surg 2014; 30(06): 690-693
DOI: 10.1055/s-0034-1396528
Letter to the Editor
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Bilateral Auricular Pseudocyst: Recognizing and Treating

Jonas Laschen1, Frank R. Datema2, Veronica C. M. Koot3, Peter J. F. M. Lohuis1
  • 1Department of Head and Neck Surgery and Oncology, The Netherlands Cancer Institute—Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Hospital, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • 2Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • 3Department of Dermatology, Diakonessenhuis, Utrecht/Zeist/Doorn, The Netherlands
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Publication Date:
23 December 2014 (online)


An auricular pseudocyst is a benign cystic lesion of the auricular cartilage. When not recognized, it is a clinical presentation that can easily be misdiagnosed and subsequently be mistreated leading to unsatisfactory esthetical results or disease recurrence. A patient was presented with bilateral pseudocysts, which were surgically excised. The aim of the treatment of a pseudocyst is to have recurrence-free resolution and to restore the original auricular architecture while removing the cystic lesion. Three alternatives to surgery are described in the literature and all seem not to be sufficient. When the pseudocyst is treated at an early stage, surgical excision shows high success rates and preservation of the auricular architecture. According to the success rate described in the literature combined with the preservation of the auricular architecture, we recommend surgical excision for the management of auricular pseudocysts.