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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 9  |  Page : 3042-3044

Light-assisted removal of ear canal live insect–A noninvasive approach for first level responders

1 Department of Family Medicine, Ministry of Health, Jazan, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
2 Department of Otolaryngology, King Fahad Central Hospital, Jazan, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

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Dr. Liaqat Ali Khan
Department of Otolaryngology, King Fahad Central Hospital, Jazan
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jfmpc.jfmpc_443_19

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Physicians, working in the primary care setting and/or emergency departments, encounter more often patients of any age group with foreign bodies in the external auditory canal (EAC) and urgent removal is crucial to avoid complications. The condition is more commonly managed on an urgent basis if the foreign body is a live insect that is more agonizing for the patient. Foreign body removal is quite challenging but an essential skill for first-level responders and different approaches, each with its own pros and cons, are used for EAC foreign bodies removal. Herein, we report two cases that were managed safely by a noninvasive approach by using light illumination of EAC in complete darkness. The approach, not reported in the available literature, can be used as first-level management before opting another alternative, in settings where otolaryngologist services are not readily available.

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