What is the role of needle aspiration in auricular hematoma drainage?

Updated: May 10, 2018
  • Author: Inna Leybell, MD; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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Although still widely used, this method is no longer recommended by many sources because of hematoma reaccumulation. The aspiration is often inadequate and the hematoma requires additional management. [7] Some sources recommend primary needle aspiration followed by the incision method, if reaccumulation occurs.

Use an 18- or 20-ga needle to aspirate blood from the most fluctuant or full area.


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