Foreign body in external auditory canal

Case contributed by Chris O'Donnell
Diagnosis certain


Recent pedestrian car accident with impact to left side of head. CT for assessment of possible head injury.

Patient Data

Age: 5 years
Gender: Male

Note: This case has been tagged as "legacy" as it no longer meets image preparation and/or other case publication guidelines.

Small rounded hyperdense foreign body (arrow) in the external auditory canal lateral to the tympanic membrane.  Note the extensive fractures to the left parietal, squamous and petrous temporal bones with suture diastasis (arrows).

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