What is the role of anesthesia in auricular hematoma drainage?

Updated: May 10, 2018
  • Author: Inna Leybell, MD; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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  • Local anesthesia with lidocaine 1% with or without epinephrine can be infiltrated directly into the area to be incised.

  • Many authors advocate the use of the lidocaine without the presence of a vasoconstrictive agent such as epinephrine. However, some literature supports the safety of vasoconstrictive agents in areas such as the nose or pinna.

  • Alternatively, an auricular block can be performed. For more information, see Ear Anesthesia.

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