Ear melanoma: Influence of perichondrium involvement in evaluating surgical strategy

L. Sartore, G. Giatsidis, F. Reho, G. Tanzillo, L. Campana, R. Salmaso

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Adequate treatment of melanomas of the external ear offers unique surgical challenges because of the complex anatomical features of the auricle and the need for proper oncologic aggressiveness, as well as for valid aesthetic results. In this study, we evaluated nine different cases of melanoma of the auricle treated in our Institute between 1994 and 2008. Every enrolled patient underwent surgical excision, nonetheless reconstruction was performed with different surgical techniques. In accordance with histological reports, we could observe the absence of neoplastic cells in perichondral bone and in cartilagenous tissue, providing further assurance concerning the importance of preserving the outer ear in expectation of reconstruction. As a matter of fact, it has been proven that it is possible to reconstruct the auricle while guaranteeing oncologic safety in melanomas with a Breslow thickness >1 mm. Therefore, an excision preserving the cartilagenous tissue, thus allowing an efficient full-thickness cutaneous grafting may guarantee good functional and aesthetic results. In conclusion, the suggested therapeutic management may be considered in

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1685-1690
Number of pages6
JournalEuropean Archives of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2012


  • Aesthetic result
  • Cartilagenous tissue
  • Ear melanoma
  • Reconstruction
  • Skin grafting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology


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