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[Techniques of total reconstruction of the pinna].

Authors
  • Boudard, P
Type
Published Article
Journal
Revue de laryngologie - otologie - rhinologie
Publication Date
Jan 01, 1997
Volume
118
Issue
1
Pages
17–23
Identifiers
PMID: 9206300
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Reconstruction of the pinna must be adapted for each individual case. Surgical techniques which use autologous costal cartilage are the most reliable. During the 1970s Burt Brent described a technique in 4 stages which gives very good results. More recently, Satoru Nagata has proposed total reconstruction of the pinna in two stages. For cases where there is insufficient spare skin, a tissue expansion prosthesis may be used in cases with extensive scarring and fibrosis, the superficial temporalis fascia flap is useful. Bone-anchored prostheses are reserved for those cases in which surgery is contra-indicated for general reasons. Based on our experience of 119 reconstructions of the pinna, we discuss the various techniques which may be used.

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