A new technique for removing foreign bodies of the external auditory canal

Pediatr Emerg Care. 1989 Jun;5(2):135-6. doi: 10.1097/00006565-198906000-00017.


Foreign bodies of the external auditory canal are a common and challenging problem. Several techniques have been described and utilized to remove the many objects placed in ears. The tightly wedged smooth round foreign body remains one of the most difficult to remove. A new method, using a cyanoacrylate adhesive (Super Glue) was used successfully to remove a soy bean in a 16-year-old male. The glue was placed on the blunt end of a cotton swab, which was then introduced into the canal to make contact with the bean. Removal was easy, safe, and effective. This procedure avoided the morbidity associated with many well known techniques, eg, the use of forceps, and may have prevented removal under general anesthesia.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adhesives*
  • Adolescent
  • Cyanoacrylates*
  • Ear Canal*
  • Foreign Bodies / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Male


  • Adhesives
  • Cyanoacrylates