Newborn Nursery at LPCH

Low Set Ear

photo byDavid A Clark, MD

Here, the low set position of the ear (also hypoplastic) can be appreciated. If an imaginary line is drawn from the outer canthus of the eye straight back to the occiput (here the occiput is just where the edge of the blanket meets the head), a low set ear will fall completely below the line. An ear with normal set will cross or touch the same line. This infant had trisomy 18 as an underlying etiology.

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