Ear Foreign Body Removal
Report By: B Fennessy - Surgical SHO
Search checked by I O'Sullivan - Consultant in Emergency Medicine
Institution: Cork University Hospital
Date Submitted: 22nd October 2004
Last Modified: 22nd October 2004
Status: Blue (submitted but not checked)
Three Part Question
In [children with aural foreign bodies] which [method of removal] is [best]?
A three year old boy presents to hospital having pushed the wheel of a toy car into his left ear. It is visible on auroscopy. Which method of removal is most most likely to meet with success?
Medline 1966-09/04 using the OVID interface.
[exp Foreign bodies OR foreign body.mp] AND [exp Ear OR ear.mp] AND [(removal.mp)]
79 articles were found, but none directly addressed the question in this presentation. Many articles give individual case reports, while several others illustrate the variety of methods available. However, no comparisons are drawn.
There is no evidence in the current literature for choosing any particular method over another in the removal of foreign bodies from the ear, and many different techniques are applicable.
Clinical Bottom Line
No studies have been undertaken on comparing the different techniques to determine success. It is therefore advised that cases are treated individually.