Auricular Prosthesis in Burn ReconstructionNigel Yong Boon Ng1*, Charles Yuen Yung Loh2 and Thanassi Athanassopoulos3
- *Corresponding Author:
- Nigel Yong Boon Ng
University of Glasgow, Scotland, UK
E-mail: [email protected]
Received Date: October 17, 2016; Accepted Date: October 18, 2016; Published Date: October 26, 2016
Citation: Ng NYB, Loh CYY, Athanassopoulos T (2016) Auricular Prosthesis in Burn Reconstruction. Anaplastology 5: 160. doi: 10.4172/2161-1173.1000160
Copyright: © 2016 Ng NYB, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
The auricular prosthesis or epithesis is an artificial total or subtotal reconstruction of the auricle. The prominent location of the ear, and its delicate structure make it susceptible to burn injury that usually occurs in conjunction with facial burns, damaging the auricle and local tissues . The goal for ear reconstruction is to restore the aesthetic appearance and provide a superior sulcus to support eyewear . The cosmetic importance of the ear should not be underestimated and dissatisfaction with deformities can result in depression and a lower quality of life . Surgical reconstruction is currently a multistep process utilising autologous costal cartilage, local flaps or MEDPOR implant [4,5]. Prosthetic reconstruction offers a viable alternative [6,7]. These indications include patient choice, failed autologous reconstruction, inadequate local soft tissue and patient comorbidities . The decision on reconstructive technique occurs in a multidisciplinary team setting. Hearing is also an important consideration.