Otolaryngology Online Journal

Research Article - Otolaryngology Online Journal (2013) Volume 3, Issue 2

Human otoacariasis: a common outbreak in rubber growing belt of Karnataka

Background/Objective: Soft tick in the ear is a very common acute painful and distressing condition in the flowering months of October to March. It’s a common condition in the rubber growing belt of Sullia. The mouthparts of the tick grips firmly the skin of the external auditory canal or the tympanic membrane and sucks blood and swells up. Otoscopy and removal of the tick from the ear can be done in outpatients in adults and difficult in a frightened irritable child.

Materials and methods: 312 cases of intra-aural ticks presenting to the opd and casualty which included 131 males and 181 females were included in the study.

Results: Out of the 312 cases of intra-aural ticks, 170 cases were treated in the outpatient and 140 cases under short general anesthesia with oto-microscopy.

Conclusion: Intra-aural tick infestation is an acute painful condition which needs prompt management by an experienced otolaryngologist. Proper visualization and instrumentation is necessary to avoid complications.

Author(s): Sudhir M Naik, Mohan Appaji , Ravishankar S, Goutham MK, Annapurna SM, N Pinky Devi, Sarika S Naik

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