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Auricular cartilage

So Young Kim, Sun-June Park, Kap Sung Oh
PURPOSE: With the aim of implementing good projection of the three-dimensional frame (auriculo-cephalic angle) and maintaining projection, a significant issue during the stage of auricular elevation for avoiding the potential for dislodging the cartilage blocks remains. Herein we present an innovative and technically simple method of transcutaneous fixation of the costal cartilage block during the stage of auricular elevation. MATERIALS AND METHODS: After elevation of ear frame from the basement, two suspension stitches on the surface of the elevated ear were used to fix the embedding cartilage block into the auriculo-cephalic sulcus at the upper (bifurcation point of the anti-helix where the inferior and superior crus meet to form the triangular fossa) and lower (projection point of the concha wall, parallel to the level of the tragus) ones...
February 2, 2018: Journal of Cranio-maxillo-facial Surgery
Jaime L Bernstein, Benjamin P Cohen, Alexandra Lin, Alice Harper, Lawrence J Bonassar, Jason A Spector
PURPOSE: The significant shortcomings associated with current autologous reconstructive options for auricular deformities have inspired great interest in a tissue engineering solution. A major obstacle in the engineering of human auricular cartilage is the availability of sufficient autologous human chondrocytes. A clinically obtainable amount of auricular cartilage tissue (ie, 1 g) only yields approximately 10 million cells, where 25 times this amount is needed for the fabrication of a full-scale pediatric ear...
March 13, 2018: Annals of Plastic Surgery
I A Otto, R Levato, W R Webb, I M Khan, C C Breugem, J Malda
Paramount for the generation of auricular structures of clinically-relevant size is the acquisition of a large number of cells maintaining an elastic cartilage phenotype, which is the key in producing a tissue capable of withstanding forces subjected to the auricle. Current regenerative medicine strategies utilize chondrocytes from various locations or mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs). However, the quality of neo-tissues resulting from these cell types is inadequate due to inefficient chondrogenic differentiation and endochondral ossification, respectively...
February 27, 2018: European Cells & Materials
Leela S Mundra, Husain T AlQattan, Meghan G Janette, Carissa Patete, Seth R Thaller
BACKGROUND: Cleft lip and palate are the most common craniofacial congenital malformations. Timing of the nasal repair remains somewhat controversial. Some authors perform a combined nasal and lip repair in infancy while others advocate for a staged repair with the nasal component occurring later in childhood. Frequently, secondary repair is needed to address residual nasal deformities in early adulthood. Conchal cartilage has become increasingly popular as a source of cartilage for secondary reconstruction...
February 23, 2018: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
Shafiq Rahman, Michelle Griffin, Anish Naik, Matthew Szarko, Peter E M Butler
Decellularized scaffolds can induce chondrogenic differentiation of stem cells. This study compares different methods to optimise the decellularization of auricular cartilage. The process consisted of an initial 12 hour dry freeze thaw which froze the cartilage specimens in an empty tube at -20 °C. Samples were allowed to thaw at room temperature followed by submersion in phosphate buffer solution in which they were frozen at -20 °C for a 12 hour period. They were then allowed to thaw at room temperature as before...
February 15, 2018: Scientific Reports
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BACKGROUND: The lack of nasal tip support resulting in poor protection and projection of the nose is a common cause of nasal obstruction and cosmetic impairment. Although septal cartilage is preferred for restoration of nasal tip support, there is often not enough septal cartilage available. We describe an intercrural columellar strut graft in a circumferential soft tissue pocket: the I-Beam technique. METHODOLOGY: In this cohort study over an 8-year period the clinical and biometrical long-term results after restoration of nasal tip support with an autologous auricular cartilage graft, the I-Beam technique, is evaluated...
February 15, 2018: Rhinology
E Novoa, D Simmen, H R Briner, C Schlegel
BACKGROUND: The lack of nasal tip support resulting in poor protection and projection of the nose is a common cause of nasal obstruction and cosmetic impairment. Although septal cartilage is preferred for restoration of nasal tip support, there is often not enough septal cartilage available. We describe an intercrural columellar strut graft in a circumferential soft tissue pocket: the I-Beam technique. METHODOLOGY: In this cohort study over an 8-year period the clinical and biometrical long-term results after restoration of nasal tip support with an autologous auricular cartilage graft, the I-Beam technique, is evaluated...
February 15, 2018: Rhinology
Gao-Feng Li, Yi-Gao Hu, Wei Ding, Jun Tan, Xin Chen, Tao Luo, Bo Zhang, Xiao-Jia Liu
This article investigates an effective method with which to reconstruct the tragus and external auditory meatus for microtia reconstruction. The external ear was reconstructed using a delayed postauricular skin flap in patients with congenital microtia. After the first stage of delaying the postauricular skin flap and the second stage of otoplasty with ear framework fabricated from autogenous rib cartilage draping with the delayed skin flap, the third stage involved tragus and external auditory meatus canaloplasty...
February 12, 2018: Facial Plastic Surgery: FPS
Sung-Chan Shin, Hee Young Park, Nari Shin, Da-Woon Jung, Hyun-Keun Kwon, Ji Min Kim, Soo-Geun Wang, Jin-Choon Lee, Eui-Suk Sung, Gi Cheol Park, Byung-Joo Lee
Fillers are products that fill the space in soft tissues of the human body and actively used in the various medical fields. Unfortunately, most of the cost-effective commercially available fillers are synthetic and have limitations in terms of their biocompatibility. Here, we evaluated the possible application of decellularized xenogenic cartilage as a long-lasting material for soft tissue augmentation and compared it with two commercially available fillers Artesense (polymethylmethacrylate microspheres) and Radiesse (calcium hydroxyapatite [CaHa])...
February 10, 2018: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part B, Applied Biomaterials
So-Eun Han, Yeseul Eom, Kap Sung Oh
OBJECTIVE: Auricular elevation with superficial temporal fascia and skin graft is widely used in microtia reconstruction using costal cartilage. However, in some patients, there has been occurrence of contraction of skin graft, which led to insufficient projection of the elevated auricle and diminished auriculocephalic angle with unfavorable long-term results. In this article, the authors introduce their multiple triangular flaps with zigzag incision to maintain stable projection and natural retroauricular sulcus appearance in auricular reconstruction patients...
February 6, 2018: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
Guangdong Zhou, Haiyue Jiang, Zongqi Yin, Yu Liu, Qingguo Zhang, Chen Zhang, Bo Pan, Jiayu Zhou, Xu Zhou, Hengyun Sun, Dan Li, Aijuan He, Zhiyong Zhang, Wenjie Zhang, Wei Liu, Yilin Cao
Microtia is a congenital external ear malformation that can seriously influence the psychological and physiological well-being of affected children. The successful regeneration of human ear-shaped cartilage using a tissue engineering approach in a nude mouse represents a promising approach for auricular reconstruction. However, owing to technical issues in cell source, shape control, mechanical strength, biosafety, and long-term stability of the regenerated cartilage, human tissue engineered ear-shaped cartilage is yet to be applied clinically...
January 13, 2018: EBioMedicine
Meirong Yang, Haiyue Jiang, Huibin Li, Xiaobo Yu, Ye Zhang, Bo Pan
BACKGROUND: Attaining an ideal appearance of the reconstructed ear depends primarily on the fabricated cartilaginous ear framework. Despite the role of eighth costal cartilage, the length of the eighth rib cartilage is difficult to anticipate, and growth of the eighth cartilage is variable. The authors discussed modified methods of fabricating helix and antihelix based on different length of eighth costal cartilage. METHODS: Based on the actual length of the eighth costal cartilage, patients were divided into group A and group B...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
Tae Hwan Park, Chan Woo Kim, Choong Hyun Chang
Advances in aesthetic rhinoplasty using conchal cartilage grafts have led to a high occurrence of retroauricular keloids. The purpose of this study is to introduce our surgical experiences using a keystone flap in retroauricular keloids following conchal cartilage grafts. The present study is a retrospective review of patients with pathologically confirmed retroauricular keloids following conchal cartilage grafts. These cases were surgically excised and we covered the defect with a keystone flap followed by one-time steroid injection at postoperative day 14 and silicone gel sheeting application for 3 months...
January 23, 2018: Journal of Dermatology
Selman Karaci, Rüştü Köse
Congenital auricular deformities may be either deformational or malformational. Malformational anomalies present with a skin or cartilage shortage. Two cases with congenital cleft earlobe were presented. A new surgical technique using a two-layered repair with front and back flaps were introduced. She waited to begin wearing earrings until six months after the surgery to prevent possible scar contracture. The patients were followed up for a period ranging from 3 to 14 months. The earlobe volume deficiency was replaced, and acceptable scar maturation was obtained...
December 2017: Journal of the Korean Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
Tobias Thuile, Lorenz Larcher, Barbara Gatscher, Karl Schwaiger, Jenny Deluca, Amgiad Fallaha, Lukas Tappeiner, Mario Puviani, Klaus Eisendle
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Surgical reconstruction following the removal of large malignant auricular lesions is challenging. While many options for defect closure have been described, in the elderly population usually affected flap surgery, long anesthesia times, patient compliance, and anticoagulant therapy pose additional risks. An alternative quick, simple, and effective method of defect closure is therefore highly desirable. The objective of the present study was to assess the aesthetic outcome, healing process, complications, and recurrence rates associated with unmeshed split-thickness skin grafts (STSGs) used for covering large auricular skin defects following cartilage-sparing skin cancer removal...
January 12, 2018: Journal der Deutschen Dermatologischen Gesellschaft, Journal of the German Society of Dermatology: JDDG
Horacio F Mayer, Hugo D Loustau
There have been several methods described for the correction of prominent ears, including techniques that excise, bend, suture, score, or cut the auricular cartilage. The Island Technique, proposed by Pitanguy, is based on the creation of a cartilage island to define the antihelix and correct the conchoscaphal angle. Visibility of sharp edges has been the main criticism of this technique. To avoid them, we advise performing an internal bevel incision to round off the edges and achieve a more natural look. Also, sometimes prominent ears are asymmetric with different conchoscaphal angles, determining a residual but protruding upper pole, thus requiring different treatment on each side...
December 12, 2017: Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
Chin-Chean Wong, Chih-Hwa Chen, Li-Hsuan Chiu, Yang-Hwei Tsuang, Meng-Yi Bai, Ren-Jei Chung, Yun-Ho Lin, Fon-Jou Hsieh, You-Tzung Chen, Tsung-Lin Yang
BACKGROUND: Insufficient cell numbers still present a challenge for articular cartilage repair. Converting heterotopic auricular chondrocytes by extracellular matrix may be the solution. HYPOTHESIS: Specific extracellular matrix may convert the phenotype of auricular chondrocytes toward articular cartilage for repair. STUDY DESIGN: Controlled laboratory study. METHODS: For in vitro study, rabbit auricular chondrocytes were cultured in monolayer for several passages until reaching status of dedifferentiation...
March 2018: American Journal of Sports Medicine
Hayato Kaida, Kazunari Ishii, Soichiro Hanada, Yuji Tohda, Takamichi Murakami
A 78-year-old man had fever, persistent wheezing, and serum C-reactive protein elevation. Malignant lymphoma was suspected because of mediastinal lymph nodes swelling on CT and soluble interleukin 2 receptor elevation. Symmetric F-FDG uptake in the tracheobronchial tree and bilateral auricles was observed on PET/CT. He was finally diagnosed as having relapsing polychondritis by auricular cartilage biopsy. F-FDG PET/CT may have crucial role in evaluating the extent of inflammation and deciding the biopsy site of relapsing polychondritis...
January 2018: Clinical Nuclear Medicine
Jeffrey Markey, Jess Mace, Yvette Anderson, Tom D Wang
Importance: Otoplasty is performed to correct prominauris, one of the most common head and neck congenital deformities. Advances in combination hybrid approaches enable surgeons to achieve greater precision and accuracy. Objective: To describe a hybrid cartilage-modifying approach and evaluate the procedure's effectiveness and safety. Design, Setting, and Participants: Medical record review including patients undergoing otoplasty by the present technique from January 2006 to December 2016 as performed by the senior author at a tertiary academic referral center...
January 1, 2018: JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery
Scott Stephan, John Reinisch
Alloplast-based ear reconstruction has become more popular over the years because it offers many advantages compared with the traditional staged autologous costal cartilage approach. Advantages include earlier reconstruction in the setting of microtia, fewer procedures, less donor site morbidity, shorter surgeon learning curve, and improved consistency in the final aesthetic result. Although other implantable materials have been used in auricular reconstruction with variable success, porous high-density polyethylene frameworks combined with recent advances in the creation of the soft tissue coverage have significantly improved outcomes with minimal complications and long-term viability...
February 2018: Facial Plastic Surgery Clinics of North America
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