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A man, aged 36, stumbled and fell, Feb. 18, 1922, striking on his chin. He was unconscious for a few seconds and, on recovering, experienced a sharp pain in his right ear. After the chin wound was dressed he was referred to me for examination of the ear. The external canal was blocked. A large amount of débris was removed, disclosing tightly packed cerumen, which was removed with difficulty. Following this came the remains of a dead cockroach, 18 mm. in length and perfectly preserved in every detail.
The patient in April, 1908, while preparing for a bath, felt a sudden pain and buzzing in the right ear, which drove him almost frantic. While his wife was telephoning for a physician, he put his head under the water in the tub, and the pain soon ceased. Later, on the advice of his physician, the ear was syringed, but nothing was
Higbee PA. DEAFNESS FROM PRESENCE OF INSECT IN EAR. JAMA. 1922;79(3):216. doi:10.1001/jama.1922.26420030001012
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