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Dermatol Surg. 2000 Apr;26(4):363-70.

Dog-ears: a review.

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Department of Dermatology, Weil Medical College of Cornell University, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, USA. Nehalk@mskcc.org

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The closure of any circular or asymmetric wound results in puckering or excess of tissue known as dog-ears.

OBJECTIVE:

Facility in managing dog-ears is an invaluable tool in cutaneous surgery due to its common presentation.

METHODS:

Methods for correcting dog-ears are extensively detailed in both the plastic and dermatologic surgery literature. This review provides a practical outline of nine methods of dog-ear correction along with pertinent schematic and clinical illustration.

RESULTS:

A comprehensive approach to dog-ears requires knowledge of tissue dynamics, adherence to proper surgical technique, and strategies for the management of dog-ears.

CONCLUSIONS:

A thorough understanding of dog-ear formation and correction allows the surgeon to choose the most appropriate management for dog-ears in any clinical setting.

PMID:
10759826
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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