What is the primary goal of care for complex ear laceration?

Updated: Aug 25, 2020
  • Author: Gretchen S Lent, MD; Chief Editor: Erik D Schraga, MD  more...
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The primary goals of wound management in ear lacerations are the expedient coverage of exposed cartilage and the minimization of wound hematoma. [6] This topic covers partial ear lacerations; however, total avulsions of the ear also occur. [7] Reimplantation of total ear avulsions has been met with some success but should only be performed by an experienced professional, usually a plastic surgeon. (See Ear Reconstruction and Salvage Procedures). [8, 9]

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