Other Ear Deformities.

Most Ear Deformities can be corrected at birth or soon after by parents at home with EarBuddies™ Splints. If the opportunity to use EarBuddies™ is missed, for example in the case of adults, then surgery is the only option.

Stahl's Bar

Also known as a Stahl's Ear, third crus or Spock Ear, Stahl’s Bar is a frequent finding. Surgical correction can be difficult. A direct wedge excision of the Stahl’s bar [skin and cartilage] is the most reliable technique.

Lop Ear

In a small number of cases the upper pole of the ear flops over and here the term lop ear is used. To support a lop ear, sutures can be used to create a “U” shaped cartilage prop at the site of the missing upper antihelical fold, and the ear hitched to the mastoid fascia.


Cup Ears

In a cup ear the helical rim is constricted to give a prominent, cone-shaped ear. This is particularly difficult to correct. The constricted rim of a cup ear must be expanded in order to allow it to flatten. There are a number of techniques depending on the severity of the constriction. Sometimes, a formal ear reconstruction using a carved costal cartilage framework is advised.


Cryptotia (“the hidden ear”)

Sometimes only the lower two-thirds of an ear is visible and the groove above the ear seems lost. When the ear is gently pulled away from the side of the head, the upper pole cartilage becomes evident, having been hidden beneath scalp skin. The upper pole is excessively tethered and the lower pole is prominent.


Folded-over helical rim

A folded-over helical rim can be corrected surgically.


Rim augmentation

The rim of the ear can be augmented using a dermis graft.



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