What is the treatment strategy for an abscess in the ear canal that develops as a complication 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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Occasionally, an abscess forms in the ear canal; this usually occurs in cases of OE caused by S aureus. Treatment of the abscess is often accomplished by means of a simple incision and drainage procedure that is usually performed by an otolaryngologist using a needle or a small blade.


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