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A new operative method for treating severe cryptotia

, : A new operative method for treating severe cryptotia. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 96(2): 461-468

Results following surgical treatment for cryptotia are as yet far from fully satisfactory in cases in which deformity of the upper auricular portion is severe and particularly when there is contraction of the helical skin and auricular cartilage. Therefore, improvements in operative procedures have been considered necessary. We have developed a new method for treating cryptotia using a rhomboid flap in the superior and anterior auricular regions to correct the contraction of skin in the helix in cases in which the deformity of the upper auricular portion is large and shortening in the anterior and posterior directions is significant and in which severe contraction of the helix is observed. In this report, we describe the operative procedures used and present the relatively favorable results obtained in three patients. Using these techniques, we have been able to elongate the contracted helix frequently observed in cases of cryptotia by preparing a flap in the anterior auricular region. This approach appears to be a useful and safe means of treating cryptotia and so-called constricted ear as well.


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