Dr. Jay Wolgelernter, a surgeon and the head of the pediatric emergency department at Netanya’s Laniado Medical Center, rarely encounters live cockroaches while working, but lately he did, and it was startling, to say the least.
A woman in her 70s visited the emergency room and claimed that she was experiencing extreme ear irritation, tingling, and loud noise. Despite the fact that the patient wasn’t a child, Wolgelernter was on duty. She was questioned, and he discovered that she had an insect in her ear canal that had lodged on her eardrum.
This is a rare occurrence, and the first step in treating it is typically to pour an anesthetic liquid into the ear, which will kill the bug and reduce pain. However, the woman claimed that she was allergic to anesthetics, making the customary procedure unfeasible.
How the doctor removed it
The surgeon used a tiny camera implanted into her ear canal to identify the object as a live, flying cockroach. He then used his extensive knowledge to pinpoint its location and successfully remove it on the first attempt despite the bug’s resistance. The entire procedure was carried out without the use of any anaesthetic, and the patient remained motionless despite the discomfort and sound of the insect’s wings hitting her eardrum.
“Every few years, I receive a call in the middle of the night from a patient complaining that an insect got stuck in their ear and screaming in terror. They occasionally act as though they are experiencing a psychotic episode. It is just intolerable when an insect lands on the eardrum because it makes an extremely loud noise and causes intense itching, tickling, or tingling. In this instance, a woman complained to me from the emergency hospital that an insect had crawled into her ear about four days prior. Despite the predicament, she maintained her composure. I’m not sure how. I seriously doubt that I could have removed the bug from the ear without anaesthetic if she had not been so composed.”
Aside from the excruciating pain, an insect entering the ear can cause infection, hearing loss, and other problems. It’s a situation I wouldn’t want my worst enemy to be in. I’m relieved that I was able to get the insect out of her ear, and I send my best wishes for continued health.”
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