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December 1966

COMMENT ON INSECT IN AUDITORY CANAL

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Tuolumne Meadows Yosemite National Park, Calif

Arch Otolaryngol. 1966;84(6):711. doi:10.1001/archotol.1966.00760030713017

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Abstract

To the Editor.—Dr. Salinger's interesting letter in the August 1966 issue of the Archives brings to mind a similar incident which occurred approximately ten years ago.

One summer day while reflecting on the pleasures of a sojourn to Yosemite National Park, a very nervous and distressed 35-year-old woman was ushered into my office complaining bitterly about an itching and crawling sensation of three weeks' duration in her left ear. No other symptoms were present. She had visited several busy otologists; however, the symptoms intensified and were said to be particularly annoying at night.

Examination results were negative except for the slightest degree of myringitis and a barely visible sessile plaque of "cerumen" on the anterior wall of the external meatus at the drum level. A small applicator was placed in the meatus, and I was surprised to see the "cerumen" move. Then a jointed insect leg appeared for a

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