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BRIDGING THE GAP
Year : 2017  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 109-112

A simplified reconstructive technique for full-thickness central defects of the auricle with the use of a post-auricular folded flap


1 Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Theagenio Cancer Hospital, Thessaloniki, Greece
2 Private Practice in Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Panagi Tsaldari 21, Melissia, Athens, Greece

Correspondence Address:
Ioannis Papadiochos
Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Theagenio Cancer Hospital, Thessaloniki
Greece
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/JCAS.JCAS_139_16

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Background: Post-auricular flaps have proved very effective in the reconstruction of most types of partial auricular defects. However, few reports exist regarding the reconstruction of centrally located perforating defects of the auricle. Objectives: This paper aimed to describe a one-stage technique including a post-auricular folded flap (PAFF) for reconstruction of full-thickness defects of central auricular sites. Patients and Methods: Between March 2010 and November 2014, five male patients were treated with this reconstructive technique under local anaesthesia. At the time of surgery, patients' age ranged from 76 to 86 years (mean age, 79.8). The patients suffered from a central and full-thickness defect owing to surgical excision of a skin malignancy or failed reconstruction procedures secondary to surgical excision of a skin malignancy. Results: Healing was uneventful for all the included patients, without signs of dehiscence, necrosis, hematoma and infection. The defects were completely repaired, without the need of further operations. During the follow-up period, all the patients remained satisfied with the aesthetic outcome. Conclusions: This technique constitutes an immediate, effective and low-morbidity procedure to repair full-thickness central defects of the auricle. Since PAFF requires only one surgical operation under local anaesthesia, patients with burdened medical history may profit from this technique.


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