Invasive external otitis after removal of impacted cerumen by irrigation

Research output: Contribution to journalLetterpeer-review


To the Editor: Irrigation of the external ear canal to remove cerumen is a frequent medical practice. It is usually safe, but can result in damage to the external, middle, and even inner ear. Trauma to the delicate squamous epithelium lining the external ear canal may expose the subcutaneous tissue to bacterial invasion,1 resulting in invasive external otitis, one of the most serious infections of the external ear. This aggressive form of external otitis almost always occurs in elderly, diabetic, or immunocompromised patients. The disease begins as an innocuous infection of the squamous epithelium of the external ear canal, but.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)969-970
Number of pages2
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Issue number13
StatePublished - 26 Sep 1991
Externally publishedYes


Dive into the research topics of 'Invasive external otitis after removal of impacted cerumen by irrigation'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this