CLINICAL PRESENTATION AND TREATMENT OUTCOME IN PATIENTS PRESENTING WITH FOREIGN BODY IN EAR, NOSE AND THROAT- A THREE-YEAR TERTIARY HOSPITAL EXPERIENCE
Journal of Evolution of Medical and Dental Sciences
BACKGROUND In Otorhinolaryngology, foreign bodies in ear, nose and throat is a commonly encountered emergency. Timely and skilful intervention averts any complication that may arise due to the foreign body or its removal. The aim of the study is to evaluate the patients' characteristics, their presentation, mode of treatment, the site, type and frequency distribution of the foreign bodies in ear, nose and throat. MATERIALS AND METHODS All patients presenting with history of foreign body in ear,
... nose and throat during the period of three years from July 2014 constituted the study. History, symptoms and signs of patients, time interval between presentation and their removal, along with method of treatment and characteristics of foreign body were recorded. RESULTS Majority of the patients with foreign body in ear, nose and throat were below 10 years of age. 90% of the patients presented within a day of foreign body ingestion or insertion. Most of them were managed on an outpatient basis. Animate foreign bodies like insects were common in the ear while seeds and fish bone were seen in the nose and throat respectively. CONCLUSION Foreign bodies in ear, nose and throat is an emergency that necessitates an experienced otorhinolaryngologist with well-equipped facilities to keep complications minimal.