What is the role of mechanical wax removal under vision in cerumen impaction removal?

Updated: May 09, 2018
  • Author: F Carl van Wyk, MB, ChB, MRCS, FRCS(Edin); Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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This is typically done using an operating microscope with the patient awake. The operating microscope affords depth perception and allows accurate targeting of the wax. The wax may be removed with small suction tips (micro-suction), small forceps (called crocodile forceps), blunt instruments (for example, Jobson Horne Probes), or small cotton tip applicators.

Correct patient and care provider positioning is i Correct patient and care provider positioning is important and improves visualization of the external canal and tympanic membrane.

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