What are the possible complications of foreign body removal from the ear?

Updated: May 08, 2018
  • Author: Angela On-Kee Kwong, MD; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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  • Reported acute complications of ear foreign body removal include canal abrasions, bleeding, infection, and perforation of the tympanic membrane. [7] Presentation of these complications may be delayed. Retained foreign body particles may cause subsequent formation of granulomas. [20]

  • For the uncomplicated removal of foreign bodies from the ear, neither prophylactic antibiotics nor routine ENT follow-up is indicated. [21]

  • Not all complications are immediately evident. Ensure that the patient or caregiver understands that further treatment is warranted if pain, redness, fever, or discharge develops.

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