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October 21, 1911

Maggots in the Ear

Author Affiliations

Natrona, Pa.

JAMA. 1911;LVII(17):1385. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.04260100211023

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To the Editor:  —With reference to a report on "Screw Worms in the Ear" (The Journal A. M. A., Oct. 7, 1911, p. 1207), I wish to report the following: A patient showed me a maggot which, he said, had crawled out of his left ear during the night; he also complained of sleeplessness for the two preceding nights on account of pain in his ear. I discovered a white, wriggling mass behind the isthmus of the external canal. After several unsuccessful attempts to remove this mass by various methods, I resorted to a 4 per cent. solution of cocain, which removed eight maggots, making a total of nine from one ear. The entire canal and membrana tympani were severely inflamed. Recovery was uneventful.

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