Foreign bodies in the ear: presentation and variation in management, our experience

Dr. Waseem Qadir, Dr. Aamir Yousuf, Dr. Rashid Rafiq, Dr. Manzoor Ahamd Malik and Prof. Sajad Majid Qazi

Objective:  To analyze the spectrum of varied presentation and management of different foreign bodies in Ear presenting in tertiary centre SMHS of Kashmir.

Methods: A cross sectional hospital based study was carried in tertiary center SMHS hospital Department Of ENT over a period of 2 year. A data form was completed by the otolaryngology resident removing the foreign body.

Results: Total of  330 patients were registered. The mean age of presentation was 7 years with max age 55 years and min of 1.5 years. This study comprises 149 (48.4%) males and 151 (51.6%) females showing slight female preponderance. 143 (43.3%) patients had foreign bodies in right ear, 180(54.5%) in left ear and 7  (2.1%) in both ears. Most common foreign body seen was insect.

Conclusion: Ear foreign bodies a simple and common ENT emergency may become complicated and so needs to be removed using standard methods which should be carried out by specialist.

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