A case report on a burned ear: Elastic memory of cartilage following temporary burial in a skin pocket

D. O. Visscher*, P. P.M. van Zuijlen

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Preserving exposed ear cartilage following a facial burn remains a major challenge. Normally, burned ear cartilage cannot be preserved in case of a full thickness burn of the overlying skin, and the cartilage has to be surgically removed. Sometimes, reconstructions can be performed at a later stage. We report a case where burned ear cartilage was directly surgically buried in a retroauricular skin pocket showing remarkable elastic memory: the buried ear cartilage, in this case the antihelix, regenerated over time and regained its original position protruding from the facial area. This case illustrates that ear cartilage is highly resilient, even when it has sustained significant thermal damage, and can be buried in a retroauricular skin pocket to avoid radical excision of the framework.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e33-e35
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2017

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