Figure shows an inflamed left osseous meatus due to acute otitis externa.
Another example of swimmer's ear.
Diffused inflammation of ear canal
A diffusely inflamed and narrowed ear canal. (+) - tympanic membrane.
Otomycosis presents with ear itchiness, blockage, reduced hearing, and pain. There is superficial inflammation caused by various fungal species including candida and aspergillus. Fungal hyphae, micelium, and wet-paper appearance of ear canal skin are amongst its typical findings.
Otomycosis occuring along handle of malleus.
Fungal hyphae with surroundings wet paper appearance.
Mycelium of fungus involving osseous meatus.
Another example of otomycosis with obvious mycelium seen (ellipse).
Severe otomycosis caused by Aspergillus niger.
Otomycosis with visible rim of central perforation at the background.
Otomycosis with co-existing small eardrum perforation.
Appearance of the ear canal after topical antifungal
powder spray applied post-aural toilet.
Inflammatory swellings (x) at handle of malleus and top or osseous auditory canal in a patient witth otomycosis treated a week earlier.
Minute yellowish tufts/grains of otomycosis at it early stage of infection.
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Hidden perforation made visible after ear toilet...it's a double perforation of TM!
Video of otomycosis removal by suctioning under microscope view. Topical antifungal powder spray was applied at the end of procedure (white salt grain appearance).
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Figure 1: Furunculosis with pointing pus arising from hair-bearing area of ear canal
Figure 2: Diffuse inflammation with ear canal occlusion. Tragal tenderness present.
Figure 3: Furunculosis (circle) which spontaneously burst a day earlier causing purulent discharge with blood stain. Incision or aspiration is usually not perform due to fear of spreading the infection leading to perichondritis,
Figure 4. A recently burst furuncle (arrow) which responded favourably with oral antibiotic. (T - tragus).