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Facing the Evidence
Jan/Feb 2014

Treatment Strategies for Auricular AvulsionsBest Practice

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, University of California, Davis Medical Center, Sacramento
JAMA Facial Plast Surg. 2014;16(1):7-8. doi:10.1001/jamafacial.2013.1622

Traumatic amputation and lacerations of the auricle pose a special challenge to the facial plastic surgeon for several reasons. There is considerable variability in terms of injury location, severity, and etiology, all of which can affect the outcome of the patient’s repair. Second, the complexity and visibility of the external ear anatomy creates a reconstructive challenge both in the immediate postinjury period and later, if a definitive reconstruction is necessary. Lastly, there are a multitude of reconstructive options with no gold standard technique showing consistent results.

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