The importance of an adequate meatoplasty is often emphasised in mastoid surgery. However, bigger is not always better, as an excessively widened external meatus can be cosmetically unacceptable, provide little extra benefit for cleaning, be an obstacle to the good fitting of hearing aids and expose the mastoid cavity to exaggerated caloric effect. The problems created by an overly large meatus can occasionally be difficult to manage, prompting consideration of reduction of the meatus. We describe the use of a pedicled, post-auricular skin flap to achieve reduction of an excessively large meatus.
- Ear deformities, acquired
- Ear, external
- Reconstructive surgical procedures