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Correction of Congenital Auricular Deformities Using the Ear-Molding Technique

Authors
 Taeyong Woo  ;  Young Seok Kim  ;  Tai Suk Roh  ;  Dae Hyun Lew  ;  In Sik Yun 
Citation
 Archives of Plastic Surgery, Vol.43(6) : 512-517, 2016 
Journal Title
 Archives of Plastic Surgery 
ISSN
 2234-6163 
Issue Date
2016
Abstract
BACKGROUND: Studies of the ear-molding technique have emphasized the importance of initiating molding early to achieve the best results. In the present study, we describe the immediate effects and long-term outcomes of this technique, focusing on children who were older than the ideal age of treatment initiation. METHODS: Patients who visited our institution from July 2014 to November 2015 were included. Medical charts were reviewed to collect data on demographics, the duration of treatment, the types of deformities, and the manner of recognition of the deformity and referral to our institution. Parents were surveyed to assess the degree of improvement, the level of procedural discomfort at the end of treatment, any changes in the shape of the molded auricle, and overall satisfaction 12 months after their last follow-up visits. RESULTS: A review of 28 ears in 18 patients was conducted, including the following types of deformities: constricted ear (64.2%), Stahl ear (21.4%), prominent ear (7.1%), and cryptotia (7.1%). The average score for the degree of improvement, rated on a 5-point scale (1, very poor; 5, excellent), was 3.5 at the end of treatment, with a score of 2.6 for procedural discomfort (1, very mild; 5, very severe). After 12 months, the shapes of all ears were well maintained. The average overall satisfaction score was 3.6 (1, very dissatisfied; 5, very satisfied). CONCLUSIONS: We had reasonable outcomes in older patients. After 1 year of follow-up, these outcomes were well maintained. Patients past the ideal age at presentation can still be candidates for the molding technique.
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10.5999/aps.2016.43.6.512
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Yonsei Authors
김영석(Kim, Young Seok) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0981-2107
노태석(Roh, Tai Suk) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8681-159X
우태용(Woo, Tae Yong)
유대현(Lew, Dae Hyun)
윤인식(Yun, In Sik) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1103-7047
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