What could cause this minor ear malformation?

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What could cause this minor ear malformation?
« on: 09/02/2010 06:47:29 »
The person sitting on the left seems to have a slightly malformed ear, I know an accurate diagnosis from a photo is nigh on impossible but does anyone have opinions as to what would be the most likely cause of this feature?


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What could cause this minor ear malformation?
« Reply #1 on: 09/02/2010 09:20:50 »
Could be genetic, or due to conditions in the womb, or birth trauma ...

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What could cause this minor ear malformation?
« Reply #2 on: 10/02/2010 05:56:05 »
L_D perhaps you should replace the original image with this pixelated section to preserve anonymity.
[Just in case there is a stigmatising reason for this malformation].

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What could cause this minor ear malformation?
« Reply #3 on: 10/02/2010 07:55:54 »
Wow, your close-up really does show a considerably deformed ear.

Thank's for the responses RD, the person in the photo is Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, otherwise known as the underwear bomber.

The reason I posted this here is because there are so many differing photo's of this guy on the net and this is the one photo that I have had verified as authentic, I was hoping to be able to put a name to this identifying feature.

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What could cause this minor ear malformation?
« Reply #4 on: 12/02/2010 03:30:24 »
For completeness I should add pinnaplasty ... http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/Publichealth/CosmeticSurgery/DH_4121419