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Brief Communication
November 2005

Postauricular Transposition Flap for Cutaneous Auricular Defects

Author Affiliations
 

Author Affiliations: Department of Otolaryngology, University of Florida, Gainesville.

Correspondence: Dr Sedwick, Department of Otolaryngology, University of Florida, PO Box 100264, Gainesville, FL 32610 (sedwijd@ent.ufl.edu).

Arch Facial Plast Surg. 2005;7(6):418-419. doi:10.1001/archfaci.7.6.418

Correspondence: Dr Sedwick, Department of Otolaryngology, University of Florida, PO Box 100264, Gainesville, FL 32610 (sedwijd@ent.ufl.edu).

More than 1 million cases of basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma occur each year in the United States. Approximately 10% of skin cancers involve the ear, and of these 50% involve the helix.1 Defects left after excisions are often small but can be disfiguring owing to distortion of the helix’s intricate anatomy. Reconstructive goals are aimed at maintaining the symmetry and contour of the helical rim.

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