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Case Reports in Otolaryngology
Volume 2016, Article ID 2591705, 3 pages
Case Report

Functional and Aesthetic Tragal Reconstruction in the Age of Mobile Electronic Devices

Naval Medical Center San Diego, San Diego, CA, USA

Received 1 July 2016; Revised 14 November 2016; Accepted 22 November 2016

Academic Editor: I. Todt

Copyright © 2016 Colleen F. Perez and Curtis W. Gaball. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


We present a method to create a tragus using the patient’s conchal cartilage. It is a simplified, single-stage technique with well-hidden incisions, yet it maintains the rigidity of a natural tragus. This patient did not have a history of radiation to the area, which may compromise healing with this technique. The cosmetic importance of the tragus has been described, but its functionality in accommodating modern technology has not been previously discussed. The main treatment goal for this patient was to gain the ability to wear earphones (clinical question/level of evidence: therapeutic, V).