Nose and ear reconstruction following tumor extirpation

Petros Konofaos, Charles A. Pierce, Xi Lin Jing, Robert D. Wallace

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The nose and the ear are two of the most common sites for both non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC) and cutaneous melanoma (CM). The treatment in these two anatomic entities includes early and complete eradication of the cancer, preservation and/or restoration of function, and cosmesis. A systematic defect analysis includes evaluation of immobile surrounding landmarks, vectors of tension, area of recruitment, and preexisting lines and resultant scars. The reconstructive modality of choice will depend largely on the location, size, and depth of the surgical defect. The success of the reconstruction is based on selection of the indicated surgical treatment and the execution of the appropriate tissue manipulations. The purpose of this chapter is twofold: (1) to briefly review epidemiology and surgical management of both NMSC and CM and (2) to analyze principles and planning of reconstruction of nose and ear defects.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationNon-Melanoma Skin Cancer and Cutaneous Melanoma
Subtitle of host publicationSurgical Treatment and Reconstruction
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages40
ISBN (Electronic)9783030187972
ISBN (Print)9783030187958
StatePublished - Jan 1 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Cutaneous melanoma
  • Ear defects
  • Ear reconstruction
  • Framework reconstruction
  • Lining reconstruction
  • Non-melanoma skin cancer
  • Nose anatomy
  • Nose defects

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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