Low-set, posteriorly rotated ears

Understanding ear related symptoms and features.

Symptoms may affect multiple parts of the body. Understanding which part of the body a symptom affects, can help us to better understand the potential underlying causes of a symptom, including a rare disease or genetic syndrome.

The ear is a part of the auditory system of the body. The auditory system includes the ear itself and its parts: the inner, middle and outer ear.

Symptoms affecting the ears may be congenital, present at birth, or they may develop later in life. Sometimes surgery may be an option to correct them.

Symptoms relating to the ears may affect their structure and function including their ability to hear, other times they may simply affect the shape or appearance of the ear without any impact on hearing.

What are Low-set, posteriorly rotated ears?

Ears that are lower set on the face than normal, and rotated backwards. The upper insertion of the ear to the scalp is below an imaginary line which passes through the inner part of the eyes.

The axis of the ear should be parallel to the face line. In posteriorly rotated the larger part of the ear creates a backward angle with this parallel line.

What should I do next?

In some instances low-set, posteriorly rotated ears may be one of the features of a rare disease or genetic syndrome. In this case fast, targeted genetic analysis can give you a more accurate diagnosis.

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