n South African Journal of Surgery - A novel method of removing a foreign body from the external ear canal : letter to the editor

Volume 42, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0038-2361
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5151



Extracted from text ... Letter to the Editor SAJS To the Editor: A bewildered 7-year-old girl presented with a smooth plastic bead impacted into the right ear canal. On examination the canal was swollen, irritated and tender owing to previous attempts to remove the bead. The bead, measuring 4 mm in diameter, was pushed almost against the eardrum. A further attempt to remove the bead resulted in an agonised yell - further attempts to remove the foreign body were aborted. The parents were unemployed and could not afford private hospitalisation, nor did they own a car for transport to a government hospital. The ..

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