Removal of Aural Tick in a General Practitioner Setting During COVID-19 Lockdown

  • Zuraida Zainun Department of Neurosciences, School of Medical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia Health Campus, 16150 Kota Bharu, Kelantan, Malaysia
  • Husbani Suhaimee Faculty of Medicine, Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin, Medical Campus, Jalan Sultan Mahmud, Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu, Malaysia
  • Irfan Mohamad Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, School of Medical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia Health Campus, 16150 Kota Bharu, Kelantan, Malaysia
  • Azliehanis Abdul Hadi Department of Neurosciences, School of Medical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia Health Campus, 16150 Kota Bharu, Kelantan, Malaysia
Keywords: Foreign body; ear tick; general practitioner; clinic

Abstract

Foreign body in the ear including beads and seeds is not uncommon in children. Tick also has been a common aural foreign body especially in tropical climate countries. Although in older cooperative children it can be attempted in the clinic setting, most of paediatric aural foreign bodies require general anaesthesia. In addition, a general practitioner setting may impose additional limitations. The available instruments and experience maybe be different from a tertiary referral centre. We report a case of a 3-year-old child with left ear pain for 4 days associated with loud crying when the pinna was touched. It has been worsening until the cry became continuous. The mother was quite hesitated to bring the child to hospital because of the lockdown situation. She sought nearby general practitioner where the engorged tick was removed without any complication in that clinic alone.

Bangladesh Journal of Medical Science Vol.19(0) 2020 p. S 82-S 84

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2020-07-20
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Zainun, Z., Suhaimee, H., Mohamad, I., & Hadi, A. (2020). Removal of Aural Tick in a General Practitioner Setting During COVID-19 Lockdown. Bangladesh Journal of Medical Science, 19, S 82-S 84. https://doi.org/10.3329/bjms.v19i0.48171