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Revista Cubana de Estomatología

Print version ISSN 0034-7507On-line version ISSN 1561-297X


MORALES NAVARRO, Denia; QUISILEMA CADENA, Michael Xavier  and  OROPESA COLLADO, Laura. Reconstruction of a partial traumatic auricular loss. Rev Cubana Estomatol [online]. 2016, vol.53, n.1, pp.111-118. ISSN 0034-7507.

The exposed position of the ear makes it vulnerable to many types of injuries, including traumas. It is our purpose to present a clinical case in which reconstruction was performed of a partial traumatic auricular loss. A 42-year-old male patient presents at the emergency service of “General Calixto García” University Hospital and reports having lost a piece of his ear in a fight. It was decided to perform hemostasis and fixation by stitching the remaining section of the auricle to the temporal region, after making an incision in the area. Three months after the traumatic event re-evaluation was conducted with a view to planning reconstructive surgery. It was decided to carry out the reconstruction placing a pocket-shaped rib cartilage graft in the temporal region. One month after the operation, auricular release, advancement of a temporary flap and placement of a free skin graft on the back of the reconstructed area were performed under local anesthesia. Excellent postoperative evolution was observed. The patient reported great satisfaction with the esthetic results obtained. The case herein presented was based on a diagnostic and therapeutic sequence of actions determined by the surgeons involved with a view to correcting a partial traumatic defect of the upper and middle thirds of the auricle. This type of traumatic sequel required the use of surgical procedures at several operative moments ensuring good blood supply to tissues and appropriate final esthetic results.

Keywords : auricular reconstruction; partial auricular loss; partial auricular defect; rib cartilage graft.

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