15. Analysis of earlobe keloid resulting from bilateral piercing
- Comparative study of affected side and contra-lateral side -
Hiroaki Kuwahara1, Mamiko Tosa1, Itaru iwakiri1,
Masahiro Murakami1, Hiko Hyakusoku2
1:Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Nippon Medical
School Musashikosugi Hospital, Kawasaki, Japan
2:Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery,
Nippon Medical School, Tokyo, Japan
The ear lobe is a common site for keloid formation. A history of ear
piercing is found in most cases of earlobe keloids.
We analyzed 58 patients with unilateral keloid resulting from bilateral
ear piercing to examine a potential relationship between methods of
piercing, inflammation, infection or any symptoms after piercing and
There was no correlation between keloid formation and the physician who
performed the piercing or methods by which the piercing was done.
However, a correlation was found with perforation becoming infected or
inflamed for long periods.
Some patient had removed the pierce because of inflammation at the site
of earlobe piercing, after with the keloid formation began. It was
suggested that if there is inflammation or infection at the earlobe
after piercing, the patient should visit the clinic for consultation
before removing the pierce.