Abstract A technique for the correction of protruding ears is presented. Based on a study of cadaver sections and anatomic observations of the "average normal" ear, the procedure attempts to duplicate as nearly as possible the contour of the ear as seen in the lateral view. There are many procedures for the correction of protruding ears; in our hands the technique presented more nearly simulates the normal in contour. It is not the purpose of this paper to review previous techniques or all the details of the abnormal anatomy of the protruding ear; however, certain methods which have lead to the present procedure and pertinent anatomical details will be stressed. It is interesting that neither in the clinical literature nor in the standard anatomy text has there ever been a description of cross sections of the auricular cartilage. Many artists' concepts are included in the literature, and the topographical anatomy is References 1. Becker, O. J.: Surgical Correction of Abnormally Protruding Ears, Arch. Otolaryng. 50:541-560 ( (Nov.) ) 1949.Crossref 2. Becker, O. J.: Correction of Protruding Deformed Ear , Brit. J. Plast. Surg. 5:187-196 ( (Oct.) ) 1952.Crossref 3. Converse, J. M.; Nigro, A.; Wilson, F. A., and Johnson, N.: A Technique for Surgical Correction of Lop Ears , Plast. & Reconstruct. Surg. 15:411-418 ( (May) ) 1955. 4. Davis, J. S., and Kitlowski, E. A.: Abnormal Prominence of Ears: Method of Readjustment , Surgery 2:835-848 ( (Dec.) ) 1937. 5. Engleman, C.: Surgery of the Ear , Kopetzky, Nelson Company, New York. 6. Huffman, W. C.: Personal communication to the author, University Hospital, Iowa City, Iowa, 1952. 7. Luckett, W. H.: A New Operation for Prominent Ears , Surg. Gynec. & Obst. 10:635, 1910. 8. Morestin, H.: De la reposition et du plissement cosmatiques du de pavillon de l'oreille , Rev. d'orthop. 4:289-303 ( (July) ) 1903. 9. McEvitt, W. G.: Problem of Protruding Ear , Plast. & Reconst. Surg. 2:481-496 ( (Sept.) ) 1947. 10. New, G. B., and Erich, J. B.: Protruding Ears: Method of Plastic Correction , Am. J. Surg. 48:385-390 ( (May) ) 1940. 11. Peer, L. A.: Congenital Anomalies of the Ear , Otolaryngology , Chap. VI, 1:1-55, 1955. 12. Pick, J. F.: Surgery of Repair , Philadelphia, J. B. Lippincott Company, 1949. 13. Straith, R. E.: Anti-Helix Reconstruction in Protruding Ear Operation , Plast. & Reconst. Surg. 12:454-459 ( (Dec.) ) 1953. 14. Seltzer, A. P.: Importance of Correcting Outstanding Ears , Ann. Otol. Rhin. & Laryng. 56:1012-1020 ( (Dec.) ) 1947. 15. Vidaurre, S.: Protruding Ears; Another Method of Treatment , Plast. & Reconst. Surg. 10:39-45 ( (July) ) 1952. 16. Young, F.: Correction of Abnormally Prominent Ears , Surg. Gynec. & Obst. 78:451-550 ( (May) ) 1944.
A.M.A. Archives of Otolaryngology – American Medical Association
Published: Apr 1, 1959