Newborn Nursery at LPCH

Ear Pit

photo by Janelle Aby, MD

Ear pits (preauricular pits) are often a rather subtle finding on physical exam. They are located at the superior attachment of the pinna to the face and may be unilateral or bilateral. Up to 10% of Asian infants will have pits -- they are less common among caucasians and African Americans. There is a rare association between ear pits and Brachio-Oto-Renal Syndrome so audiologic testing of these infants is recommended, but otherwise this is considered a benign finding.

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