Journal of Cutaneous and Aesthetic Surgery

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

Tunneled flaps: An ingenious reconstructive option for anterior auricle defects


Diogo Cerejeira1, André Pinho2, Ana Brinca2, Joao Goulao1, Ricardo Vieira2 
1 Department of Dermatology, Hospital Garcia de Orta, Almada, Portugal
2 Department of Dermatology, Centro Hospitalar e Universitário de Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal

Correspondence Address:
Diogo Cerejeira
Rua Marta Mesquita da Câmara, nº110, A3 4ºDto – 4150-485 Porto.
Portugal

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.


How to cite this article:
Cerejeira D, Pinho A, Brinca A, Goulao J, Vieira R. Tunneled flaps: An ingenious reconstructive option for anterior auricle defects.J Cutan Aesthet Surg 2021;14:14-19


How to cite this URL:
Cerejeira D, Pinho A, Brinca A, Goulao J, Vieira R. Tunneled flaps: An ingenious reconstructive option for anterior auricle defects. J Cutan Aesthet Surg [serial online] 2021 [cited 2021 Jun 12 ];14:14-19
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