Prepared Physician’s Monthly Pearl of Wisdom for May 2021 Dog Ears
Most wounds are not precisely created with perfect horizontal or circular symmetry. In the process of closing such asymmetric wounds, occasionally there is a bunched up flap of excess tissue on one or both ends of the wound. This is referred to as a “dog ear”.
One method of dog ear correct is to elevate the excess skin flap; then from the apex of the wound, make an oblique incision toward the flap. Trim off the triangle of skin this creates, and finish closing the wound.
Roberts, JA et al. Clinical Procedures in Emergency Medicine and Acute Care, 2019; 683-684.
Nathan Whittaker, MD
- Brandon Durfee