Elastotic nodules of the ear

J Cutan Pathol. 1981 Dec;8(6):429-33. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0560.1981.tb01032.x.


Eight cases of an elastotic degenerative lesion, developing on the ears in response to actinic damage are reported. Elastotic nodules may be diagnosed clinically as basal cell carcinoma, amyloid or even gout. Although usually found on the antihelix of the ear, they may arise on the helix and simulate chondrodermatitis nodularis helicis.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Carcinoma, Basal Cell / pathology
  • Carcinoma, Squamous Cell / pathology
  • Dermatitis / pathology
  • Diagnostic Errors
  • Ear, External / pathology*
  • Elastic Tissue / pathology*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Skin / pathology
  • Skin Neoplasms / pathology