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3.07 Split Earlobes


Presentation

A patient will present with an earlobe split by a sudden pull on an earring.

What to do:

What not to do:

Discussion

There are many techniques for the repair of split earlobes. Some methods, including this one, attempt to preserve the earring hole while others use a Z-plasty on the free margins of the lobes to prevent notching at the points of reunion. Depending on the specific circumstances, it may be advisable to consult with a plastic surgeon before attempting to repair this type of earlobe injury.

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