Someone told me that cats do not get hematoma of
their ears but I think my cat may have one. He's been
scratching a lot at his ears and now one ear flap looks real
thick, like a bubble or something. Could it be a
Lateral ear canal resection
Yes, cats sure can develop hematomas of the ear flap (called the
pinna). Your veterinarian will check for reasons for the cat's
scratching at his ears because yeast infections and ear mites can be
a common cause of ear itchiness.
The scratching may have
triggered a slight bleeding under the skin of the pinna and now the
"bubble" is apparent. Be sure to have this checked
by your veterinarian soon because any unusual bleeding can be a
forewarning that the cat could have a clotting disorder, a form of anemia,
or a platelet deficit.
Any bump or "bubble"
could have several causes including tumors, bleeding disorders,
rodent poisoning, infection or trauma. In a few situations
where no surgical correction is done the hematoma can resolve into a knot
of thick scar tissue which misshapes the pinna and constricts the ear
Surgery, like the procedure in the photo on the left
called a lateral ear canal resection, may be needed to reopen the ear canal!
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