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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 14  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 14-19

Tunneled flaps: An ingenious reconstructive option for anterior auricle defects

1 Department of Dermatology, Hospital Garcia de Orta, Almada, Portugal
2 Department of Dermatology, Centro Hospitalar e Universitário de Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal

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Diogo Cerejeira
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/JCAS.JCAS_169_19

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Background: The anterior surface of the auricle is especially susceptible to a variety of traumatic insults and cutaneous malignancies. However, given the unique anatomy of this structure and the lack of local tissue available, the reconstruction of these defects is still a challenge. Despite of their positive outcomes, tunneled flaps have not been thoroughly explored in the literature. Objectives: To review the clinical utility of tunneled flaps in reconstructing anterior auricle defects. Materials and methods: A review of the literature on surgical reconstruction of the anterior auricle surface was performed in PubMed, with specific reference to tunneled flaps. Conclusions: When designed and executed properly, tunneled flaps offer unrivalled opportunities to reconstruct anterior auricle defects, with maximal preservation of the symmetry.

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