Unusual Foreign Body in Ear - A Case Report

Asian Journal of Pharmaceutical and Health Sciences,2014,4,3,1039-1040.
Published:August 2014
Type:Case Report
Author(s) affiliations:

Thirumaran NS*, Smruti Milan Tripathy

E.N.T Department, Saveetha Medical College, Thandalam, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.


Foreign bodies in the external auditory canal (EAC) are common in children, mostly seeds and small stones, plastic, etc. Ear foreign body in sane adolescents or adults is rare. Adequate skill and high accuracy is needed for the removal of these foreign bodies in ear, as failures and traumatic removals can cause lifelong deafness and discharging ear. We report a case of an adult who borne a foreign body (adhesive glue) in ear canal in a freak accident. The glue hardened after some time in the canal making its removal difficult with routine methods. Usually all ear foreign bodies can be routinely removed in clinics by conventional methods. Ear foreign bodies like dried adhesive glue, pose a serious challenge because of the lack of literature regarding their removal. Thus innovative methods have to be used for safe and complete removal of such rare foreign bodies.

Dried adhesive glue removed in piecemeal.