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To the Editor.—With regard to the article "Experimental Otoplasty Using the Rabbit Ear" by Pischke and Bortnick (Archives 94:220-223, 1971), we thought the following would be of interest.
In August 1971, a 16-year-old girl was hospitalized in our department with a diagnosis of right auricular acute perichondritis.
Eight months previously she had undergone a plastic operation for protruding ears in another hospital. The operation was done according to the technique of Mustardé, using mattress silk sutures along the proposed new antihelix. Six months after the operation, the patient developed an acute necrotising perichondritis of the left auricle.
Twenty-four hours before her actual hospitalization in our department the patient felt pains in her right auricle, which suddenly reddened and swelled up.
We began immediately a sustained treatment with antibiotics (cloxacillin sodium monohydrate, 2 gm [Orbenin, Britan; Tegopen comparable US product] and ampicillin [Penbritin], 2 gm a day by the intramuscular
Zohar Y. OTOPLASTY. Arch Otolaryngol. 1972;96(2):187. doi:10.1001/archotol.1972.00770090261026
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