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June 1996

Refinements in Pediatric Microtia Reconstruction

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Otolaryngology, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary (Dr Eavey), the Division of Pediatric Surgery, Department of Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital (Dr Ryan), and the Departments of Otology and Laryngology (Dr Eavey) and Surgery (Dr Ryan), Harvard Medical School, Boston, Mass.

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1996;122(6):617-620. doi:10.1001/archotol.1996.01890180025008

Auricular construction for a child born with microtia is a rewarding endeavor that can provide the patient with a realistic pinna. However, not all reconstructive problems have been solved. For example, the donor sites for the rib harvest and for subsequent skin grafting are not without morbidity and scar formation. Furthermore, in some children, an unexpected shortage of rib can be encountered. Surgical techniques that address these problems are described. (Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1996;122:617-620)

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