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J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2009 Jul;62(7):876-83. doi: 10.1016/j.bjps.2007.11.072. Epub 2008 May 19.

Non-surgical correction of deformational auricular anomalies.

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University Federico II, Naples, Italy.


Less severe congenital auricular anomalies can be corrected by appropriate splinting in the early neonatal period without anaesthetic and with minimal cost. We present a series of 46 patients affected by various ear deformities (non cryptotia, non Stahl's ear, non prominent ear) that we treated by splintage during the early neonatal period. These deformational auricular anomalies were classified according to the limitation to the external ear architecture development: vertically, horizontally and focally deformed ears. This new classification guided us in splint shaping and positioning. Excellent or satisfactory results were achieved in 98% of the splinted ears. Ear splintage is an effective technique for treatment of neonates with deformational auricular anomalies.

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