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Year : 2009  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 40-42

Otoacriasis of the ear: A case report and literature review

Assistant Professor and Consultant, Department of Otorhinolaryngology, King Abdulaziz Hospital, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

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DOI: 10.4103/1319-8491.275324

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The author reports a very rare case of mite otoacriasis with review of the world literature. The patient presented with a history of intractable bilateral ear itching for more than two years. The condition defied diagnosis until mite infestation was demonstrated. The diagnosis was established by microscopic ear examination and laboratory examination of the causative arthropods. Mite infestation of the external auditory canal is a very rare condition, which is scarcely reported in the literature . The condition may pose difficulty in diagnosis because live mite are not clearly recognized by the human eye.

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