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J Liaquat Uni Med Health Sci. 2010; 9(2): 70-75

Foreign Bodies in External Auditory Canals: Experience of 653 Cases Over 8 Years

Muhammad Shafi, Azam Hussain Yousufani, Syed Iqbal Hussain.

OBJECTIVE: To analyse the spectrum of presentation and management of foreign bodies in external
auditory canal.
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective analysis of data.
PLACE AND DURATION: District Government Hospital Paretabad Hyderabad (Sindh) Pakistan
over a period of 8 years, i.e. from July 1999 to June 2007.
ics, frequency and type of foreign body, management and outcome.
RESULTS: Total 653 patients with foreign bodies in external auditory canals were dealt with
over a period of about eight years. The age variance was from 1-65 years. Most of the foreign
bodies i.e. 163 (25%) were retrieved in the children up to two years of age. A wide variety of foreign
bodies totally numbering 41 were retrieved from external auditory canals. Stone/concretion
were the single most frequently removed foreign body constituting 32.6%. Jobson Horne Probe
was the single most frequently used tools which was utilized in 37% of the cases to remove different
types of foreign bodies. General anesthesia was employed in only 11.79% of the cases.
Operating loupe was used in 53.13% of the cases. Morbidity occurred in 11% of the cases with
tympanic membrane perforation occurring in 0.6% of the case.
CONCLUSION: Different types of foreign bodies are prevalent in different parts of the world.
Similarly different methods of removal are adopted dictated by the nature, location and state of
the foreign body at the particular instant.

Key words: Foreign bodies, External auditory canal, presentation, management, Jobsion Horne probe.

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