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December 19, 1896

Foreign Bodies in the Auditory Canal.

JAMA. 1896;XXVII(25):1308. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02431030044011

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Albion, Mich., Dec. 14, 1896.

To the Editor:  —Mary B., aged 5 years, of German parentage, was brought to my office by her father recently. He gave a history that the child had complained for several months of ear trouble, and especially of the left ear, and at times suffered with ear ache. An examination with speculum and reflected artificial light, revealed what was first supposed to be hardened cerumen. Copious syringing and douching failed to dislodge it and a closer examination and contact of the substance with the ear spoon disclosed a hard, smooth surface, and the conclusion was reached that a foreign body had become impacted. The surfaces were so smooth the forceps could not maintain their purchase, the parts so tender that a tenaculum was with difficulty passed behind and the body removed. It turned out to be a round, dark, smooth marble of the full diameter

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