Volume 94, Issue 5
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



Injury from the thorn of a palm tree is characterized by a prolonged, painful inflammatory reaction. Even when the source of the inflammation is diagnosed, appropriate treatment is usually delayed because family doctors are not familiar with the entity. Penetration of a palm thorn into the earlobe is an unrecognized cause of local inflammation. We describe a case of injury from a palm tree thorn in this uncommon site. We present the technique of transillumination for the identification and removal of the palm thorn.


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  • Received : 18 Nov 2015
  • Accepted : 18 Jan 2016

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