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Microtia is a condition in which one or more parts of the auricle structures are missing or deformed, occurring in approximately one in 10,000 births.

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Microtia and Microtia Treatment

It is a Latin word meaning “little ear”. It is usually unilateral but rarely bilateral. There is often no external auditory canal at the same time. Therefore, hearing loss is observed in the affected ear over time. Hearing in the other ear is usually normal. Hearing tests should be performed after birth and treatment should be planned for hearing and speech so that speech is not affected in the future.

The aim of surgical treatment of microtia is to reconstruct the small, misshapen or absent auricle.

About Microtia Treatment

The procedure can vary from person to person, but in general;

Average Length of Stay
Length of Hospitalization
Operation Duration
Recovery Time
2-3 Sessions
General-Local Anesthesia
2 Weeks

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Microtia Treatment Techniques

The most common Microtia procedures;

For patients with milder microtia, an external ear prosthesis can be used. This prosthesis is made in accordance with the remaining ear structure of the person and provides aesthetic resemblance to the real ear.

Ear reconstruction is a more commonly used treatment method. In this procedure, a new ear structure is created using the patient's own body tissues (usually rib cartilage). Surgically, the contour and structure of the ear is reconstructed and reshaped. This procedure may require more than one surgery and is usually performed in stages, depending on the growth of the child.
In some patients, a treatment approach combining partial ear reconstruction with an ear prosthesis may be used. In this way, a partial ear structure can be created and then completed with a prosthesis.
In some surgical techniques, a frame is created from the patient's rib cartilage and a new ear structure is built using this frame. In this technique, the ear contour can be shaped better.
Some advanced technologies are working on the creation of new ear tissue in the laboratory using regenerative medicine and tissue engineering techniques. However, this area is still in the research phase and is not widely practiced.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Yes, microtia treatment is available. Surgical methods such as ear reconstruction or ear prosthesis are used to correct microtia.

Microtia is a congenital underdevelopment or deformity of the ears. The ear may be small or completely misshapen due to underdevelopment of the ear cartilage.

The exact cause of microtia is unknown. A combination of genetic and environmental factors probably play a role. Microtia can occur in babies in the womb as a result of a disruption in the normal development of the ears.
Yes, treatment of microtia usually requires a surgical intervention. Surgery is performed for ear reconstruction or ear prosthesis.
The ideal age for microtia treatment can vary depending on the patient’s general health and the degree of ear deformity. Generally, as children grow older, they are expected to reach an age more suitable for ear reconstruction.
Surgical methods used to treat microtia include different options, such as ear reconstruction using rib cartilage or the use of an external ear prosthesis.