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This is also sometimes referred to as the “hidden” ear deformity. In cryptotia, the cartilage of the upper ear is present, but hidden underneath the skin of the scalp. While at first it may appear that the upper portion of the ear is absent, careful inspection often reveals that the cartilage is present and palpable beneath the scalp skin.


Treatment of this condition involves releasing the cartilage from under the skin, re-contouring the cartilage and covering the released ear cartilage with either local skin flaps or skin grafts.