A 45-year-old woman presents to the ED after being assaulted in a nearby parking lot. She denies loss of consciousness, severe headache, and vomiting, but complains of right ear pain. Her hearing appears to be unaffected.
A photograph of her right ear is shown here. The rest of her exam is unremarkable except for some mild abrasions to her face and hands. What should concern you about her ear, and are there any potential complications associated with it? See p. 26.