Many congenital ear deformities involve abnormal plical folding, most commonly affecting the helix and the antihelix. Non-hypoplastic auricular deformities can be corrected by appropriate splinting in the early neonatal period without anaesthetic and with minimal cost. At this time, oestrogen activity is increased and the ear cartilage is very malleable. The splinting therapy, devised and popularized in Japan, has not been widely used in Europe. A series of 26 patients having various ear deformities treated by splintage in the early neonate period is presented. Excellent results were achieved in 82% of the splinted ears. In the other 18% results were satisfactory or good. No complications occurred in the series. In conclusion, ear splintage is an effective technique that should be more frequently offered to parents of affected neonates.
European Journal of Plastic Surgery – Springer Journals
Published: Nov 1, 2003
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