British Mixed Martial Artist James Thompson is well known for his fighting techniques, but his ear deformity, known as “cauliflower ear” landed him on the map.
32-year old James Thompson entered an EliteXC fight against Kimbo Slice with a big cauliflower ear, which Kimbo eventually punctured. Cauliflower ear is a common problem in boxers, which is caused by an accumulation of fluid. Once drained, cauliflower ear can be prevented by having the injured party wear compression garments, especially designed to prevent fluid from accumulating. During a fight, proper headgear can help prevent injury.
Miami plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Salzhauer says, “Thompson’s ear deformity, referred to as cauliflower ear, will require an excision to drain any fluids and then continuous compression as it heals to make sure the fluid does not re-accumulate. He should wear protective head gear in the future to avoid this injury from occurring again.”
Since his injury, James has continued to compete, and his cauliflower ear looks to be giving him no more trouble.
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