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Congenital cleft ear lobe deformity: a staged reconstruction.

Authors
  • Conrad, K
  • Reifen, E
Type
Published Article
Journal
The Journal of otolaryngology
Publication Date
Feb 01, 1994
Volume
23
Issue
1
Pages
19–22
Identifiers
PMID: 8170014
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Congenital ear lobe deformities are, fortunately, very rare. Most of these deformities will require, however, surgical correction due to the importance of the ear lobes in facial symmetry. The scarcity of soft tissues available for reconstruction in the remaining auricle led to the development of a multitude of local flaps. Results are hampered by unsightly donor-site scars and unnatural shape or size of the reconstructed lobule. A case of a unilateral cleft ear lobe is presented to demonstrate a two-stage reconstruction mode that we find to be simple, yet versatile, producing a good esthetic result.

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