Newborn Nursery at LPCH

Hypoplastic Ear

photo byDavid A Clark, MD

Here is another infant with auricle malformation. The ear is hypoplastic and low set. Again, because genetic syndromes are frequently associated with abnormal ear shapes, a careful physical examination should be performed. Even in the absence of other findings, referral to a pediatric ENT specialist may be indicated, as an abnormal pinna may be an indicator of internal ear abnormalities.

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