Cotton Swab Foreign Body – December 7, 2023

Cotton Swab Foreign Body – December 7, 2023

A 48-year-old male presents to the internal medicine clinic with concern for a foreign body in his ear. He was using a cotton swab to clean his ear, when the cotton portion of the swab became detached and embedded in his ear.

The attending physician, Dr. Ostrovsky notes “Without the WISPR I would have had to send him to ENT because a simple curette couldn’t snag the cotton and I wasn’t going to fish in his ear with Alligator forceps without some visualization.”

See the video below of the cotton being removed under direct visualization with the WiscMed Wispr digital otoscope.

WiscMed thanks Dr. Daniel Ostrovsky of Duke University Health Systems for this week’s interesting case.