What is auricular (ear) deformation?
When infants are born with an irregular ear shape, they are said to have congenital auricular deformity. This can range from auricular malformation (no missing tissue, just an abnormally shaped ear) to microtia (external ears are not fully developed).
Auricular malformation can range from shape abnormalities where the top rim of the ear (helical rim) is either folded over, wrinkled or tight -- such as lop, cup or prominent ears.
The causes are not fully defined, but some possible factors include constriction of blood supply to the baby’s ear during fetal development,...
So many variables went into such the life-changing, definitively "you have cancer," day when we shaved our daughter’s head.
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When Kaylee Tolleson first complained of lower abdominal pain, Kelly and John Tolleson, Kaylee’s parents, did what any parent would, took her to an urgent care. To their surprise, when they got there, Kaylee was already feeling better, so the urgent care checked her and diagnosed her with severe constipation.
“Still, Kaylee would come down in the mornings complaining of pain in her lower abdomen, then, after 20-30 min, she would be feeling OK, ready to go to school or continue her day,” Kelly recalled.
This happened every so often. Kelly would...