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Eur Arch Otorhinolaryngol. 2010 Apr;267(4):575-80. doi: 10.1007/s00405-009-1059-8. Epub 2009 Aug 9.

Auricular keloids: treatment and results.

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Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, University Hospital of Ulm, Frauensteige 12, 89075, Ulm, Germany.


The aim of this study was to present long-term results in patients with auricular keloids after surgical excision and/or medical therapy by corticoid injection. A retrospective study at an academic tertiary referral centre is presented. Seventeen patients after excision, injection of corticoid, full skin grafting (single therapy or combination of interventions) for auricular keloids were followed up. The validated questionnaires SF-36 and patient outcomes of surgery-head/neck were applied to evaluate the quality of life and the patients' satisfaction after therapy. Photographs of the former keloid site were rated by an experienced facial plastic surgeon being unaware of treatment method and the patient's own estimation. The best results for retroauricular keloids were reached by excision, skin grafting and triamcinolone injection, and for earlobe keloids by excision, primary wound closure and triamcinolone injection. Both in rating by the patients and in grading by an investigator, the highest scores for aesthetics and satisfaction were found after triamcinolone injection together with or without excision or skin grafting. A size-related resection of keloids with defect reconstruction by full thickness skin grafting for retroauricular keloids and primary wound closure of ear lobe keloids with an additional steroid injection lead to good cosmetic results and high level of satisfaction among patients.

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