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February 7, 1903

Clinical Report.

JAMA. 1903;XL(6):381. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.02490060035004

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Abstract

FLY LARVÆ IN THE EAR.  GEORGE F. POPE, M.D.RED LAKE, MINN.August 25 there appeared at my office a man, 26 years of age, who seemed much agitated. He explained that he felt snakes in his right ear. By the aid of direct illumination I observed close up against the ear drum and in the canal just below it what appeared to be a mass of writhing white larvæ. Some of them were wiggling in a circular manner about the canal close to the drum membrane, but none ventured toward the external opening.The rays of light from the mirror seemed to increase their movements and cause the patient greater pain and excitement. I therefore discontinued my examination and introduced a small pledget of cotton saturated with chloroform just within the canal. The movements of the larvæ soon stopped, as shown by direct illumination, so I syringed out the

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