Diagonal Creases On Earlobes

What Causes Creases On Earlobes?

Creases on earlobes can have various causes, just like most other symptoms.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose creases on earlobes, we could:
  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "creases on earlobes" as a symptom.  For example, heart disease.

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
very high LDL cholesterol level
short-term low-carb dieting
heaviness of the legs
calcium supplementation
high uric acid level
extreme calorie restriction
history of heart attacks
rapid pulse rate
severe non-specific arm pain
current birth control pill use
long-term hypertension
moderate unexplained weight loss
... and more than 10 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of creases on earlobes.

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

In the Ear/Hearing Symptoms section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™ will ask the following question about diagonal creases on earlobes:
Do you have a diagonal crease (wrinkle) on one or both of your earlobes? A crease may be partial (only partway across the earlobe) or full (completely across the earlobe).
Possible responses:
→ No / don't know
→ Partial crease on one ear
→ Partial crease on both ears
→ Full crease on one ear, possibly partial on other
→ Full crease on both ears
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate diagonal creases on earlobes, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as Coronary Disease / Heart Attack. The presence of a diagonal earlobe crease has been recognized as a sign of cardiovascular disease since 1973.  Over 30 subsequent studies have been reported in the medical literature, with the largest involving 1,000 unselected patients.  The earlobe is richly supplied with blood, and a decrease in flow over an extended period of time is believed to result in collapse of the vascular bed, leading to a diagonal crease.

It appears that individuals with an earlobe crease have a 55% greater risk of dying from heart disease than those without the marking, with the risk becoming even more significant if diagonal creases appear on both earlobes.  However, this predictive value does not apply to Orientals, Native Americans, or persons born with certain hereditary disorders.