Pediatric Nasal Tip Amputation Successfully Treated with Nonmicrovascular Replantation and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Ochsner J. 2017 Summer;17(2):204-207.


Background: Nasal tip amputation is a rare but difficult problem to manage. Nonmicrovascular nasal tip replantation is a valid and relatively simple repair option for moderate nasal defects, but tissue ischemia and graft failure occur frequently.

Case report: We present the case of a pediatric nasal tip amputation from a dog bite treated with replantation within 5 hours. The 2.5-cm avulsed tip contained skin, cartilage, and mucosa and was replanted as a 3-layer composite graft. Hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) therapy was initiated for 2 weeks postoperatively. The outcome was functionally adequate, and the majority of the native nasal tissue was salvaged.

Conclusion: HBO therapy can be used after nonmicrovascular nasal tip replantation to improve graft survival and potentially decrease the need for revision surgery.

Keywords: Amputation–traumatic; hyperbaric oxygenation; nasal surgical procedures; nose deformities–acquired; otorhinolaryngologic surgical procedures; replantation.

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  • Case Reports