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Hearing Disorders: HELP
Articles by Paola Emilia Ferrara
Based on 1 article published since 2010
(Why 1 article?)

Between 2010 and 2020, Paola Emilia Ferrara wrote the following article about Hearing Disorders.
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1 Article Medico-Legal aspects of an unusual complication from an ear swab test: was the procedure necessary? 2019

Ricci, Eleonora / Ronconi, Gianpaolo / Salini, Sara / Ferrara, Paola Emilia / De-Giorgio, Fabio. ·Istituto di Sanità Pubblica, sezione di Medicina Legale, Università Cattolica del S. Cuore di Roma, Italia. · Fondazione Policlinico Universitario A. Gemelli IRCCS, Roma, Italia. ·Ig Sanita Pubbl · Pubmed #31887735.

ABSTRACT: A 65-year-old woman affected by chronic pruritus in both ears was referred by her family physician to a private laboratory to undergo an ear swab test for microbiological and cultural examination. During the procedure on the right side, the patient experienced sudden pain, immediately followed by auricular fullness and dizziness. The clinician performing the swab did not perform an otoscopy and did not administer any topical or general medications. A few days later, purulent discharge appeared. Follow-up showed tympanic membrane perforation and mixed severe hearing loss. Indications for ear swab tests are currently unclear, and complications deriving from this apparently simple procedure are seldom reported.