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May 1948


Arch Otolaryngol. 1948;47(5):670-672. doi:10.1001/archotol.1948.00690030696010

FOREIGN BODY of the external auditory canal is not uncommon, and an occasional patient is encountered who has succeeded in getting a foreign body into the middle ear by this route. In all cases the foreign body of the middle ear has arrived there by way of the canal except for a few instances of knife wounds and bullets. The foreign bodies found include beads, stones, insects, pencil erasers, various vegetables, buttons, a ball of cotton and bits of metal from welding.1 The literature on puncture wounds of the mouth and throat is sparse.2 Innumerable objects have caused injuries of this type, but the injuries usually heal quickly and without complication. A search of the literature, however, has not revealed any instance of a foreign body of the middle ear that had arrived there by way of the mouth.

REPORT OF A CASE  This remarkable feat was accomplished when the

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