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Petrified Ear: A Complication of Bluetooth Headset Use

Kristina M. Britton, BS; Julie C. Schultz, MD; Cindy Firkins Smith, MD
Arch Dermatol. 2009;145(9):1065-1066. doi:10.1001/archdermatol.2009.196.
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Figure 1.

Firmly indurated right antihelix.

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Figure 2.

Bluetooth headset device in place, directly over the area of induration.

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