Cauliflower ear

Jiu-Jitsu Medic

Hi everyone! I apologize for the long break between posts. I’m currently doing my general surgery posting and it’s been pretty grueling. Hopefully, I’ll be able to get back into the groove of writing.

Today we’ll be talking about cauliflower ear and auricular hematomas. Cauliflower ear is the permanent deformity that results when an auricular hematoma is not fully drained, recurs, or is left untreated.

Randy Couture imageWhat is an auricular hematoma?

Before we talk about the injuries that can occur to the ear, we need to have an understanding of the anatomy of the ear.

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The ear is actually composed of 3 main parts: the outer, middle and inner ear. Today we’ll be focusing on the outer ear because it is most vulnerable to trauma.

The auricle (also known as the pinna) is the visible part of the ear that lies outside the head.

The auricle has a framework of cartilage…

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The fear of rolling with other women

I was fearless, that is, until I went to an all-female open mat. All of a sudden I was surrounded by women that did jiu-jitsu. I was nervous and had no idea how to act around them. We seemed to notice everything about each other: hair, makeup, new gi, old gi, new belt, old belt, patches, nail polish, braids, embroidery, no kids, lots of kids, big chest, small butt, weird lips…. I was not in Kansas anymore.