Lapis ISSN 2398-2969

Ear: flushing

Contributor(s): David Perpinan, Lesa Thompson

Introduction

Uses

  • Resolution or partial resolution of external ear infections.
  • Resolution of foreign body (rare).

Advantages

  • Less invasive than surgery.
  • Removes debris and pus, allowing better penetration of topics treatment into affected areas of the ear canal.
  • Can be performed as a first line treatment in cases of moderate to severe otitis externa and assess reduction of clinical signs before deciding to attempt more aggressive treatments.
  • Even if CT is not available, ear flushing can be performed based on clinical signs and otoscopic examination Endoscopy: overview.

Disadvantages

  • Recurrence of otitis externa is common, even with topical and systemic treatment after ear flushing.

Requirements

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Preparation

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Procedure

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Aftercare

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Outcomes

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Prognosis

  • Poor to good.
  • Most times there is improvement following the procedure, but the condition can recur after a few months.

Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

  • Recent references from PubMed and VetMedResource.
  • Jekl V, Hauptman K & Knotek Z (2015) Video otoscopy in exotic companion mammals. Vet Clin North Am Exotic Anim Pract 18 (3), 431-445 PubMed.
  • Graham J (2006) Common procedures in rabbits. Vet Clinics: Exotic Anim Pract 9 (2), 367-388 PubMed.

Other sources of information

  • Chitty J & Raftery A (2013) Ear and Sinus Surgery. In: BSAVA Manual of Rabbit Surgery, Dentistry and Imaging. Eds: Harcourt-Brown F & Chitty J. pp 212-232.


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