Ear defects

Shonka DC Jr, Park SS. Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville, USA. Facial Plast Surg Clin North Am. 2009 Aug;17(3):429-43.


The projection and exposure of the auricle make it particularly susceptible to actinic injury and thus to cutaneous malignancies. Auricular reconstruction is challenging because of its unique surface anatomy and undulating topography. This article organizes auricular defects into different categories based on anatomic location and extent of tissue loss, including skin-only defects, small composite defects, full-thickness defects involving or sparing the upper third of the ear, and total auricular loss. The authors share an algorithm for repair of the array of auricular defects.

PMID: 19698921 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]