What is the role of anesthesia in the removal of ear foreign bodies?

Updated: May 08, 2018
  • Author: Angela On-Kee Kwong, MD; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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See the list below:

  • Local anesthesia is invasive and is not generally used for uncomplicated ear foreign body removal because of the complex innervations of the external ear canal.

  • Procedural sedation is sometimes necessary for a patient who is unable to cooperate with the removal procedure. For more information, see Procedural Sedation.


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