A Novel Technique for Reconstruction of a Congenitally Absent Earlobe

Robert A. Saadi, Kasra Ziai, Jessyka G. Lighthall

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Abstract

Objective: Congenital anomalies of the external ear may present a reconstructive challenge, particularly when normal chondrocutaneous components of the auricle fail to develop. Our goal was to develop a novel technique for lobule reconstruction of a congenitally absent earlobe with photographic documentation of the technique. Methods: Informed consent for perioperative photography and publication of case details was obtained. A postauricular, turnover flap with ipsilateral conchal cartilage grafting was performed to reconstruct the lobule, and a superiorly based, postauricular, rotation advancement flap was used to close the donor site defect. Results: Perioperative photographs are included demonstrating technique and cosmetic results. Conclusions: Malformations rarely involve the lobule or lower third of the ear primarily. Literature regarding lobule reconstruction for congenital malformations is scarce. We present a novel technique for lobule reconstruction of a congenitally absent earlobe performed in a single stage that avoids a visible neck scar and allows for simultaneous conchal cartilage harvest. The technique demonstrated satisfactory cosmesis regarding contour and overall appearance and these results remained stable at 1-year follow up.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalEar, Nose and Throat Journal
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Otorhinolaryngology

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