Ethyl 2-cyanoacrylate in the auditory meatus

“The ability of superglue (a cyanoacrylate adhesive) to bond strongly and quickly to skin presents considerable problems when it is inserted into the ear.“

Thankfully, this is a relatively rare occurrence, but nonetheless Mr. Ricardo Persaud, BTEC HNC, MB BS (Lond), MPHIL, MSB, CBIOL, DOHNS, MRCS (Gen Surg), FRCS (ORL-HNS) (then at the Department of ENT Surgery, Guy’s and Thomas’ Hospital, London, UK) encountered  just such an incident, and describes it in The Journal of Laryngology & Otology (2001), 115: 901-902 : “A case of a patient who inadvertently self-administered Bostik superglue into her left external auditory meatus is reported.”

Some might doubt that such a seemingly intractable problem could be resolved? But Dr. Persaud found a solution.
See: A novel approach to the removal of superglue from the ear

“The superglue was removed successfully, in the form of a cast, with warm three per cent hydrogen peroxide without damaging the meatus or the typanic membrane. The use of hydrogen peroxide to remove superglue from the ear has not been described previously.”






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