An innervated retroauricular skin flap for total earlobule reconstruction.

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Abstract

In this article, the authors describe a technique for total earlobule reconstruction in a patient who underwent earlobule excision for basal cell carcinoma.The reconstruction was by means of an innervated retroauricular skin flap, folded double.The flap presented preserved skin sensitivity over all the reconstructed area, which is compromised by those techniques using a cranially or medially based flap which lead to the reconstruction of an insensible earlobule. This is a very important aspect of this technique, especially for those who wear pendant earrings, since a non-sensitive lobule would be more vulnerable to traumas causing laceration.In addition, it allows a good aesthetic result without evident donor site scars.Further investigation is needed to decide if this method is suitable for other types of total earlobule loss (e.g. congenital, traumatic), or not.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)818-821
Numero di pagine4
RivistaBritish Journal of Plastic Surgery
Volume56
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2003

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology

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