Preauricular flap for post burn ear lobe reconstruction - a case report

Kumar, Pramod and Shah, Parul (2000) Preauricular flap for post burn ear lobe reconstruction - a case report. Burns, 26. pp. 571-574.

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Burns of the face often affect the ear causing deformation of the pinna or ear lobe due to perichondritis or loss of cartilage and excess scarring. The reconstruction of the ear lobe may be limited due to scarring of the surrounding tissues. We describe a preauricular flap for reconstruction of the anterior and posterior surface of the ear lobe following burn injury. This two stage technique of ear lobe reconstruction by a preauricular flap is not described in the available literature. An inferiorly based preauricular flap was harvested in a young lady who had post burn loss of the right ear lobe. This was folded on itself and sutured to reconstruct both surfaces of the ear lobe. After 6 months, it was released from its attachment at the retromandibular area to define the cheek lobe angle and to shape it. The preauricular flap for ear lobe contouring is a simple and easy technique. An adequate length may be harvested without significant donor site morbidity.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Preauricular flap, Ear lobe reconstruction
Subjects: Medicine > KMC Manipal > Plastic Surgery
Depositing User: KMC Manipal
Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2011 09:29
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2011 09:29

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