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Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 1994 Nov;103(11):879-84.

Torn earlobe: a new approach to management with a review of 68 cases.

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Center for Facial Plastic Surgery, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


The torn earlobe is a common problem, yet no objective analysis of causation or management is found in the literature. We present a series of 68 patients with statistical data on earlobe characteristics and cleft-related historical factors. We describe three new methods of repair: two for full clefts and one for partial clefting (ie, elongation of the piercing site without penetration of the inferior rim). We report follow-up from 4 to 10 years, with a 91% success rate for lobe appearance and a 1.2% recurrence of clefting. We offer guidelines for repair and repiercing based on lobe thickness and shape. We make recommendations for earring use based on lobe characteristics and historical development of the defect.

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