Medics construct child's ear with 3D printing

13-year-old born without external ears due to microtia

(ANSA) - Florence, October 22 - Doctors at Florence's Meyer hospital said Tuesday that they have used 3D printing techniques to construct an external ear for a child.
    The patient is a 13-year-old boy who was born with no external ears because of a severe form of microtia, a congenital deformity in which the pinna is underdeveloped.
    Plastic surgeons used the boy's costal cartilage to create an ear using 3D printing.
    Doctors are planning to do a similar operation for the other ear.
   

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