Foreign body – bead in ear

Foreign body – bead in ear

A previously healthy 9-year-old male presented to the emergency department with concern for a foreign body in his right ear. Earlier, he was playing with plastic necklace beads on a trampoline when the family dog joined him (what can go wrong from here, right?).

The child has a bead in his ear canal.

Otolaryngology (ENT) was consulted due to concern that the bead was close to the tympanic membrane (TM, eardrum), and the risk of TM damage during removal. An alligator forceps (from a myringotomy set) with visualization from the Wispr otoscope was used to uneventfully remove the bead.


WiscMed thanks Dr. George Liu of Stanford University School of Medicine – Otolaryngology for this interesting case.