It has become standard practice in the early intervention for the congenital malformation Atresia – Microtia to evaluate young patients for potential surgical correction of Atresia. Recent peer reviewed publications detail this protocol (Otology & Neurotology 30:771-776, 2009). Multiple publications detail the value of early intervention for Speech and Language Development and cognitive function (see atresiarepair.com for more data).
In order to evaluate a child for this life improving intervention, it has become necessary to perform CT scans of the temporal bone at a much earlier age than previously. Scans at 2.5 years are recommended. The CT scan will allow us to determine if your child is a candidate for Atresia repair but also, it allow us to rule out the presence of a Cholesteatoma. If a Cholesteatoma is present, its management is of prime importance. In most situations, sedation is needed for a clear and crisp scan read. While the risk if radiation in today’s scanners is much smaller than prior scans, we recommend every effort be made to get the scan needed in one attempt avoiding repeat scanning. In some situations, Xoran scanners are available and offer an advantage of over a 90% reduction in radiation compared to first generation scanners. This technology also allows children to sit upright and avoid sedation in some instances (the scan takes 90 seconds and is performed like a panorex film). In others, a standard CT scanner is used with the patient in the supine or prone position with sedation and sometimes general anesthesia. Pediatric hospitals tend to be the best at this type scan as they perform them on a regular basis safely and efficiently.
Scan parameters are those used for standard temporal bone studies (1 mm cuts or less with bone windows, usually in a manipulable voxel format without contrast). Your assistance in this process is greatly appreciated to determine the best treatment for our common patient.
The International Institute for Microtia Repair was created to provide patients, families and medical professionals with the most comprehensive and up-to-date source of information addressing the medical, psychosocial and surgical aspects of Microtia.
Dr. Tahiri will evaluate your condition or your child’s condition via an in-office or skype consultation. He will examine the patient, determine the Microtia grade, evaluate for other associated deformities, review prior examinations and assess hearing potential.
Dr. Tahiri offers advanced treatment for both the cosmetic problems and the hearing difficulties associated with Microtia. The innovative MEDPOR® technique allows him to create a cosmetically pleasing external ear while restoring facial symmetry.
Following Microtia surgery, Dr. Tahiri and our team will help you and guide you through the recovery process of your child. Our aim is to not only provide the best surgical experience but also an uneventful and comfortable post-operative experience.