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April 1959

A Method of Otoplasty: Normal Contour of the Antihelix and Scaphoid Fossa

Author Affiliations

Tampa, Fla.

AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1959;69(4):400-408. doi:10.1001/archotol.1959.00730030410004

A technique for the correction of protruding ears is presented. Based on a study of cadaver sections and anatomic observations of the "average normal" ear, the procedure attempts to duplicate as nearly as possible the contour of the ear as seen in the lateral view. There are many procedures for the correction of protruding ears; in our hands the technique presented more nearly simulates the normal in contour.

It is not the purpose of this paper to review previous techniques or all the details of the abnormal anatomy of the protruding ear; however, certain methods which have lead to the present procedure and pertinent anatomical details will be stressed.

It is interesting that neither in the clinical literature nor in the standard anatomy text has there ever been a description of cross sections of the auricular cartilage. Many artists' concepts are included in the literature, and the topographical anatomy is

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