This 59-year-old woman complained of unilateral painful nodules on her ear. The lesion was excised without complication. Chondrodermatitis nodularis is a common, benign, painful lesion of the ear in which there is fibrosis of the dermis, degeneration of cartilage, or both. Patients complain of a small lump on the ear that is painful when lying on the affected side. The lesions are discrete and oval with a raised rolled edge and central ulcer or depression that usually contains a crust or scale. Lesions are usually unilateral, most common sites are the helix in men and anthelix in women. Lesions are most common in elderly men.
oval red nodule with a rolled border and central crust