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Br J Plast Surg. 2002 Apr;55(3):194-7.

Piercing the upper ear: a simple infection, a difficult reconstruction.

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Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Mount Vernon Hospital, Northwood, UK.

Abstract

Piercing the upper ear to retain jewellery is now commonplace. When infection ensues, devastating chondritis leads to collapse of the ear. To our knowledge, the surgical reconstruction of post-piercing deformities has not been documented in the literature. We present five such cases referred for autogenous-tissue ear reconstruction. In four of these, the destroyed segments of ear cartilage were replaced with a carved costal-cartilage framework. One patient declined surgery. The importance of preventing infection is stressed.

PMID:
12041970
DOI:
10.1054/bjps.2001.3799
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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