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Article: Earlobe


Earlobe Development and Genetics

  • The earlobe is derived from mesenchymal cells in the nearby regions of the torso.
  • The dermis of the earlobe is derived from cells of mesenchymal cells.
  • The earlobe develops in the vicinity of the auricular follicle.
  • The development of the earlobe is induced by cascade induction.
  • The auricular follicle induces the production of the auditory bulla.
  • Earlobes exhibit a continuous range from free to attached appearance.
  • Multiple genes influence the appearance of earlobes.
  • Recessive gene frequency for attached earlobes varies among different populations.
  • The frequency of recessive genes for attached earlobes is highest in certain populations, such as Babinga and Afroamericans.
  • Clint Eastwood has an extreme form of attached earlobe.

Clinical Issues

  • Earlobe creases can be associated with genetic disorders, such as Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome.
  • Some studies suggest a link between earlobe creases and an increased risk of heart attack, but age may be a more significant factor.
  • Earlobe creases are also known as Franks Sign.

Society and Culture

  • Earlobe piercing is a common practice in many cultures.
  • Heavy earrings can cause injury to the earlobe due to their weight.
  • Some cultures practice earlobe stretching for decorative purposes.
  • Stretched earlobe piercing is common in Ethiopia.
  • Earlobe piercing is the most common type of body piercing.

Negative Effects of Wearing Earrings

  • Wearing earrings can lead to complications such as inflammation and keloids.
  • Loss of tissue and tearing can occur due to wearing earrings.
  • Polish scientists have found a link between earlobe piercing in young girls and allergic skin reactions.
  • Allergies caused by earrings are primarily due to the presence of nickel in the alloys used in jewelry production.
  • The immune system can react to nickel ions in various sources, including metal parts of wardrobe and certain foods.


  • Earlobe Types: Observation on earlobe types conducted by Lai and Walsh in 1966, categorized and analyzed earlobe types, may have a genetic basis.
  • Earlobe Attachment: Studied among different populations, found to vary among different populations.
  • Racial Studies: Racial differences observed in earlobe attachment, may influence earlobe attachment.
  • Earlobe Creases: May have implications for health, associated with increased risk of certain health conditions, may have genetic and environmental factors.
  • Earlobe Injuries: Procedures and techniques for repairing torn earlobes, common causes of earlobe injuries, importance of seeking medical attention for earlobe injuries, prevention tips for avoiding earlobe injuries.

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