Keloid scar from ear piercing

Keloid scar from ear piercing

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Caption: Keloid scar from ear piercing. Keloid scar (round, upper centre-left) that has developed over a 3 year period on the left ear of an 18-year-old female patient. A keloid scar is an enlarged scar that grows beyond its original boundaries. It can itch, cause pain or be tender to the touch. They consist of a mass of collagen, a tough fibrous protein, that forms as a result of a defective healing process. After a period of time most keloids flatten and cease to itch. Here, the keloid has been caused by an ear piercing. Treatment, if required, is usually by re-excision and radiotherapy.

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