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Surgical management of skin cancer and trauma involving the middle third of the auricle

Surgical management of skin cancer and trauma involving the middle third of the auricle

Journal der Deutschen Dermatologischen Gesellschaft 16(6): 694-701

The main causes of acquired auricular defects are surgical treatment of skin tumors and trauma. Due to the complex anatomy of the external ear, surgical reconstruction of defects in this area is challenging for surgeons, especially in case of midhelix-antihelix involvement with significant loss of soft tissue and cartilage. Our purpose is to illustrate the main reconstructive techniques of large midhelix and antihelix defects, as well as the advantages or disadvantages associated with each surgical procedure. Primary closure/wedge technique is mainly used in elderly, multimorbid subjects where single-stage procedures are desirable, but several complex chondrocutaneous, retroauricular, temporoparietal full-thickness flap procedures can also be used to recreate an ear with normal appearance. Auricular reconstruction of large midhelix-antihelix defects requires a good knowledge of auricular anatomy and the various surgical procedures available for such defects.

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PMID: 29873914

DOI: 10.1111/ddg.13544

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