Donor site morbidity of the posterior conchal region

Erba, Paolo and Wettstein, Reto and D'Arpa, Salvatore and Kalbermatten, Daniel F.. (2009) Donor site morbidity of the posterior conchal region. Dermatologic surgery, Vol. 35. pp. 960-964.

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BACKGROUND: The perichondral cutaneous graft (PCCG) from the posterior conchal region is an elegant solution for the coverage of facial defects with particular stability requirements. The donor defect can easily be covered with a transposition flap from the postauricular region. Although this region is a common donor site for skin grafts and has an important supporting function for glasses or hearing aids, little is known about long-term morbidity after graft harvest. OBJECTIVE: To assess the morbidity of the posterior concha and the postauricular region in terms of pain, scar formation, and patient satisfaction. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A retrospective study of 16 patients who had a PCCG harvested from the posterior concha. RESULTS: Two patients presented with a postoperative wound dehiscence on the postauricular region and one with a keloid scar on the posterior concha. One case of transitory hyperesthesia and pain when sleeping on the operated site was observed. None had complaints related to wearing glasses or hearing aids. CONCLUSION: Donor site morbidity of the postauricular and posterior conchal region is minimal and associated with high patient satisfaction, excellent aesthetic results, and emotional detachment from the hidden donor site.
Faculties and Departments:03 Faculty of Medicine > Bereich Operative Fächer (Klinik) > Bewegungsapparat und Integument
03 Faculty of Medicine > Departement Klinische Forschung > Bereich Operative Fächer (Klinik) > Bewegungsapparat und Integument
UniBasel Contributors:Kalbermatten, Daniel F.
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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