Novel use of a delayed chondrofascial flap in microtia reconstruction

Arch Facial Plast Surg. 2007 Mar-Apr;9(2):125-9. doi: 10.1001/archfaci.9.2.125.


Objective: To describe the novel use of a delayed chondrofascial flap to increase auricular projection in microtia reconstruction.

Methods: Retrospective survey analysis. Ten consecutive children with unilateral microtia without other craniofacial abnormalities were followed up for a period ranging from 6 months to 5 years after microtia reconstruction was performed with the newly described delayed flap. Individual patient reconstructed auricular projection measurements were compared with contralateral (control) auricular projection values.

Results: The auricular projection measurements taken at the superior helix and the lobule approximated those of the control side as confirmed by t test.

Conclusion: The newly described delayed chondrofascial flap buttresses auricular projection in microtia repair to approximate the projection values of the normal side.

MeSH terms

  • Cartilage / transplantation*
  • Ear, External / abnormalities*
  • Ear, External / surgery*
  • Fascia / transplantation*
  • Humans
  • Plastic Surgery Procedures / methods*
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Surgical Flaps*