Innovative technique for correction of the congenital lop ear

K. Ho*, C. Boorer, U. Khan, A. Deva, L. Chang

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Congenital lop ear is a deformity affecting the upper third of the ear. It is characterised by varying degrees of lidding of the helix, reduction in the fossa triangularis, scapha compression, reduction or absence of the superior crus of the antihelix and an associated reduction in vertical height of the external ear. Reported strategies for the surgical correction of this deformity include simple excision of the excess overhanging cartilage, radial cartilage incisions of the helix to reverse its memory, various cartilage grafts from the surrounding ear or rib to strut or fill the defect, and mastoid hitching stitches to reinforce the repair. We present a novel technique using a reversed conchal cartilage graft to strut the deformed antihelix. The memory of the reversed conchal cartilage is used to correct lidding of the superior helix and obviates the need for intrinsic cartilage modification or excision. We have found a good aesthetic and structural result in a patient with bilateral congenital lop ear with 12 months follow up.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)494-498
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2006
Externally publishedYes


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