Several benign lesions, such as seborrheic keratosis, cutaneous horn, fibrokeratoma, and melanocytic nevus, used to occur on the concave surfaces of the pinna (concha, cymba, and fossa) (1). These lesions have to be curettage or excised under local anesthesia. For anesthetizing the lesions, we often use a straight 26G needle, whose straight shaft cannot reach the site with proper alignment with the surface of the concha and cymba of the ear. We often face difficulty in anesthetizing the lesions, and there is a high incidence of prick injury to the pinna cartilage. Here, the authors have described a customized hypodermic needle for safe intralesional injection on the concave surfaces of the pinna.
For safe and easy intralesional injection on the concha and fossa, there should be an alignment of the needle shaft with the surface to depot the drug at a controlled depth without injury to the cartilage of the external ear. To solve these problems, the needle shaft is bent at least 2 to 3 mm proximal to the beveled end of the needle by 60 to 70 degrees with the needle holder. During the needle shaft bending, the needle's bevel surface is kept facing upward. Then the bent needle has better alignment with the surface of the concha and cymba of the external ear than the original needle (Figure 1A - F). Thus, with the modified needle, it is easy to perform the intralesional injection, and injury to the cartilage can be avoided. This bent needle can be used for intralesional therapy for nonresponsive vitiligo, discoid lupus erythematosus, and psoriatic patch in the concha and cymba of the ear.