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April 1970

Complications of Otoplasty

Author Affiliations

Palo Alto, Calif
From the Division of Otolaryngology, Stanford Medical Center and the Palo Alto Veterans Administration Hospital, Palo Alto, Calif.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1970;91(4):352-355. doi:10.1001/archotol.1970.00770040510009

The results of 170 otoplasties done from 1965 to 1968 using both mattress-suture (74%) and cartilage-cutting techniques (26%) were analyzed separately and together in regard to complications, unsatisfactory cosmetic results, and revision rate. The complication rate was 7.1% in the mattress-suture group and 11.4% in the cartilage-cutting group with a revision rate of 2.4% and 2.3% respectively. The percentage of unsatisfactory cosmetic results, unrelated to complications was 6.4% with the mattress-suture technique and 13.6% with cartilage-cutting techniques. Final results, including revisions, were good in 166 of 170 ears (97.6%).

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