Foreign bodies (FBs) lodged in the external auditory canal
The external auditory canal:
Cartilaginous and bony passage lined with periosteum and skin
The periosteum is extremely sensiti...
Excessive crying in infants
Unilateral ear pain
Buzzing sound (with live insects)
Purulent discharge from...
Severe ear pain, sensation of movement, and loud, buzzing sound:
Typical signs of a live insect in external auditory canal
Instill warm lidocaine or mineral oil into affec...
Inability to remove a FB that will not cause rapid tissue nec...
Use procedural sedation with uncooperative patients or when a difficult removal is anticipated
Irrigation in patients with button batteries in the ear should never be performed as t...
Brown L, Denmark TK, Wittlake WA, et al. Procedural sedation use in the ED: Management of pediatric ear and nose foreign bodies. Am J Emerg Med. 2004;22:310–314.
T16.1XXA Foreign body in right ear, initial encounter
T16.2XXA Foreign body in left ear, initial encounter
T16.9XXA Foreign body in ear, unspecified ear, initial e...
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