Lop Eared – Cup Ear Prominent Auricle Pinna

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Note what signs you see.

I (W. Wertelecki, M.D.) see a cup-like prominent ear with the helix (rim) poorly developed and lack of antihelix (agenesis or aplasia). This individual (a Roman emperor) was also a stutterer.

PERSPECTIVE: Human ear is sustained by ridges of cartilage. Their absence or deficit results in deformations – such ears (pinna) may become prominent (prominence). Clever clinicians should not disregard such ear signs because they may be signals of other concurrent developmental anomalies.

Furthermore, non-human ears often have no helix, such as those of cats, which suggests evolutionary interpretations of the morphology of ears in different animals.


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