A correction system was associated with reduced severity of molding therapy and need for surgical intervention in a cohort of infants with ear malformations.
The researchers retrospectively reviewed charts and photographs from a consecutive series of 175 infant ear malformations and 303 infant ear deformities. Each infant had undergone therapy using the EarWell Infant Ear Correction System (Becon Medical) during 2011 through 2014.
The researchers assessed factors including treatment induction and duration along with outcome-related factors.
Infants were treated at an average age of 12 days and underwent treatment for a mean duration of 37 days.
Constricted ears were reported in 98% of the cohort, while 2% had cryptopia. The researchers categorized cup ear, which occurred in 34 infants, as a constricted malformation. Three classes of constricted ear severity comprised the study group: 45% were in class I, 47% were class II and 8% were class III.
An average reduction in severity of molding therapy of 1.2 points was reported for the EarWell System (P < .01). Minor superficial excoriations and abrasions were included in the adverse event profile. – by Rob Volansky
Disclosure: Two of the researchers report associations with Becon Medical.