Ear foreign body

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Background

  • Usually children 6 yo or younger

Clinical Features

  • Caregiver often reports seeing child put something in the ear
  • Decreased hearing or otalgia
  • More common on right (hand dominant) side
  • May have otorrhea or bleeding

Differential Diagnosis

Ear Diagnoses

External

Internal

Inner/vestibular

Diagnosis

  • Typically seen on visual inspection or otoscopy
  • Check other ear / nares

Management

  • Button battery
    • Removal ASAP in consultation with ENT
  • Insect
    • Kill with mineral oil, EtOH, or 2% lidocaine prior to removal
  • Penetrating FB's

Removal

  • Irrigation
    • Contraindicated if suspected TM perforation, tympanostomy tubes, button battery, or vegetable parts (swells)
    • Body temperature sterile water or normal saline
    • Attach 14 or 16 ga IV catheter to syringe
  • Alligator forceps
  • Right angle tool / day hook
  • Schuknect extractor (attaches to wall suction)
  • Dermabond on a swab stick
    • Allow glue to become tacky before inserting into canal

Disposition

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