When is surgical debridement indicated in the treatment of otitis externa (OE)?

Updated: Mar 09, 2020
  • Author: Ariel A Waitzman, MD, FRCSC; Chief Editor: Ravindhra G Elluru, MD, PhD  more...
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Surgical debridement of the ear canal is usually reserved for necrotizing OE or for complications of OE (eg, external canal stenosis). It is often necessary in more severe cases of OE or in cases where a significant amount of discharge is present in the ear. An otolaryngologist usually performs debridement using magnification and suction equipment. Debridement is the mainstay of treatment for fungal infections.

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