What is the role of anesthesia 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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Topical anesthetic drops have no documented benefits in ear wax removal.

Local anesthetic injections into the ear, although effective, are particularly painful and are therefore not used.

General anesthesia may be needed in some cases. For instance, special needs patients that are unable to comply may need to have a general anesthetic to allow cleaning of the ears.


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