A 6-year-old male is at the pediatric clinic for a routine child exam. The child has no complaints and his mother has no concerns. Examination of the ears reveals this image.
The child has a foreign body in his ear.
After seeing the foreign body, the mother mentioned that the child was playing with a friend in the sandbox. The foreign body was easily removed with a curette. Upon removal, it appeared that it might be a bead or tiny pebble.
Amazing what ends up in kid’s ears!
WiscMed thanks Dr. Thomas Schreiner of the Indian Health Service for this case.