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Conchal cartilage is widely used in aesthetic and reconstructive rhinoplasty. Preoperatively, patients must be counseled concerning possible postoperative donor site complications. These include visible scarring and changes in ear position (the distance that the ear protrudes from the side of the head) and shape (the volume and depth of the conchal bowl). To my knowledge, this report provides the first case of a documented hearing loss secondary to cartilage harvest and the subsequent conchal reconstruction done to restore hearing.
Deleyiannis FW. Reconstruction of the Concha to Restore Hearing After Cartilage Harvest for Rhinoplasty. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2010;136(3):304-305. doi:10.1001/archoto.2010.23