FACIAL NERVE PALSY AND MIDDLE EAR EFFUSION FOLLOWING INTRA-AURAL TICK REMOVAL: THE IMPORTANCE OF EAR TOILET.
Mohd Hafiz HAMZAH1, Nor Shahida ABD MUTALIB2, Rosdan SALIM1.
1Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, School of Medical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia Health Campus, Kota Bharu, Kelantan, Malaysia.
2Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, Hospital Sultan Abdul Halim, Sungai Petani, Kedah, Malaysia.
Intra-aural tick, also known as otoacariasis is commonly seen in Otorhinolaryngology (ORL) clinics, both in paediatric and adult patients. Patients mainly complain of otalgia or ear discomfort. Facial nerve paresis complicating of intra-aural tick is a rare condition. We report a three-year-old girl, who presented with left unilateral facial nerve palsy and middle ear effusion three days after removal of intra-aural tick.
Keyword: Ear canal, Facial nerve palsy, Otoacariasis, Paediatric, Tick paralysis.
Corresponding author: Mohd Hafiz Hamzah, Department of Otorhinolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, School of Medical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Jalan Raja Perempuan Zainab II, 16150 Kota Bharu, Kelantan, Malaysia.
Brunei Int Med J.2022;18:162-165