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Surgical Pearls
May/Jun 2014

Two-Layered, Auricular Composite Grafts

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
JAMA Facial Plast Surg. 2014;16(3):226. doi:10.1001/jamafacial.2013.2326

Two-layered, composite grafts from the ear are versatile grafts for full-thickness defects of the lower third of the nose. The 2-layered composite grafts can be tenuous because of their marginal blood supply and the reduced contact surface between graft skin and recipient site. Rees1 first described the use of composite auricular grafts in 1960 with an initial graft survival rate of 53%. Important variables for maximizing reliability and survival are thorough, careful preoperative preparation, including recognition of adverse patient factors; meticulous surgical techniques; and diligent postoperative care.

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