Ear and nose reconstruction in children

Oral Maxillofac Surg Clin North Am. 2012 Aug;24(3):397-416. doi: 10.1016/j.coms.2012.04.004. Epub 2012 Jun 26.


Auricular and nasal deformities can have significant social ramifications; therefore, proper repair of these deformities is critically important to a child's well-being. Moreover, the benefits of reconstruction in the pediatric population must be weighed against added concerns about potential growth restriction on the ear and the nose with any manipulation. This article reviews various methods of auricular and nasal reconstruction and discusses some of the technical pearls for improved outcome. A complete discourse on treatment of total ear and nasal reconstruction is beyond the scope of this article. Attention is focused primarily on partial to subtotal defects.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Ear Deformities, Acquired / surgery*
  • Ear, External / abnormalities*
  • Ear, External / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Nose / abnormalities*
  • Nose / surgery*
  • Nose Deformities, Acquired / surgery*
  • Plastic Surgery Procedures / methods*
  • Prostheses and Implants
  • Rhinoplasty / methods
  • Surgical Flaps
  • Wound Closure Techniques