The Effect of Frostbite on the Reconstructed Ear

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Abstract

A 17-year-old patient whose left ear was reconstructed using a lateral arm fascia and skin graft had done well until one episode of cold exposure approximately two years after the reconstruction. This thermal injury resulted in a localized area of composite tissue loss demonstrating that the reconstructed ear had a higher susceptibility to cold temperatures. The transferred fascia did, however, allow a stable base for granulation and reepithelialization, showing the continued vascularity and regenerative capacity of the transferred tissue. A discussion is provided regarding the susceptibility of free transferred fascia and its regenerative capacity.

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