What is Microtia?


Microtia is a congenital birth defect where the outer ear is malformed or missing. It can occur on its own or be part of a more complex syndrome. It also occurs frequently with atresia, which is absence or closure of the external auditory ear canal.


Peter was born with left microtia/atresia. For him, it is part of a more involved condition called Goldenhar Syndrome.


Learn more about microtia, atresia, and craniofacial syndromes from these charities.


Children's Craniofacial Association

Ear Community



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