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March 1965

Clinical Notes, New Instruments and Techniques: A Case of Tympanic Foreign Body

Author Affiliations

Chief, E.N.T. Clinic, Workers' Insurance Hospital, Eyup, Istanbul.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1965;81(3):319. doi:10.1001/archotol.1965.00750050328022

A case of tympanic foreign body is presented because of its being a rare case and its way of occurrence.

Report of the Case  A 35-year-old female patient had complaints of pain and a feeling of something moving in her left ear. These complaints had started after a wave struck while she was swimming in August, 1963.

Otological Examinations  External ear was normal. There were several pieces of sand in the external canal. The complaints were attributed to these findings, and an external canal lavage was performed. On inspection, having seen that there was still another sand particle the lavage was repeated, but still its removal was unsuccessful. In order to determine the exact location of the sand and to remove it I attempted to touch the sand with a probe. To my surprise, I observed that it was behind the drum. In the history of the patient, neither immediately

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