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October 1988

Glue Ear—Cyanoacrylic

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1988;114(10):1188. doi:10.1001/archotol.1988.01860220122039

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To the Editor.—While bonding of cyanoacrylic glues to skin on the hands, eyelids, and lips are problems that respond to nonsurgical management, the situation of an acrylic cast of the medial portion of the ear canal, trapping the soft tissues in the noncartilaginous ear canal between the cast and the tympanic bone, represents a more difficult situation.

Report of a Case.—An adult male, while sleeping in the lateral decubitus position with his left ear up, seemed fair game to his 3-year-old son, who filled the medial third of his father's ear canal with a cyanoacrylic glue. Apparently because of increased depth of somnolence secondary to alcohol use, he did not awaken after the incident. He, in fact, was unaware that this incident was the cause of a full sensation in his ear associated with hearing loss until several days later, when his wife explained what had happened. The

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