Constricted Ear Deformity in Newborn Infants
A constricted infant ear deformity in newborn infants is a true malformation, which implies that a part of the ear is incompletely formed or that something is missing.
Constricted Infant Ears – A True Malformation
All other misshapen infant ears have been referred to as “deformities”. Medically speaking the word deformity infers that all parts are there, they are just misshapen. Infant ear malformation, on the other hand, implies that the part is incompletely formed or that something is missing. In the case of “constricted ears” the part that is missing is either skin or cartilage or both. Typically, infant ear molding is limited to true “deformations” where everything is there. However, we have found that EarWell therapy is very beneficial to the constricted ears with incomplete formation of skin between the scapha and helical rim. The application of the retractor device is more difficult since the helical rim is tightly tethered to the scapha. Additional adhesive between the retractor and helical rim is often required until rim expansion occurs. The results with constricted ears fall short of perfection but remain superior to the surgical alternative.
The constricted ear may masquerade as helical compression where the helical rim is folded over onto the scapha. However, helical compression is a true deformation where all the skin and cartilage is present. Helical compression corrects rapidly with the EarWell system and the retractor snaps onto the rim without difficulty.
Please view our list of educational ear deformity videos in the EarWell Video Gallery.
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