MOSCOW, April 7 – RIA Novosti. Doctors of the Sverzhevsky Research Institute of Otorhinolaryngology cured a man with a fracture of one of the smallest bones in the body – with an isolated fracture of the malleus handle, which occurs in only 2% of all middle ear injuries, the press service of the Moscow Department of Health reports. A 55-year-old man came to I. Sverzhevsky complaining of hearing loss in one ear, painful sensations and congestion of the ear when swallowing.As it turned out, the problems began after swimming in the pool, when water got into the man's ear. , but, as it turned out, a dangerous method: a sharp movement of a finger inserted into the external auditory canal. Immediately after this manipulation, he felt a sharp pain and a click in his ear. Based on the results of the computed tomography, a fracture of the hammer handle was established, and the patient was offered surgical treatment ” , – the message says.
It is noted that an isolated fracture of the malleus handle is a rather rare type of traumatic injury to the ossicular chain and occurs in only 2% of all middle ear injuries. The hammer is one of the smallest bones in the human body that is involved in sound transmission. The rapid movement of the finger created negative pressure in the ear canal, which caused the injury. “Since the handle of the hammer is part of the tympanic membrane and participates in all its movements, full healing of the fracture is difficult. However, over time, a scar connection and sensation forms in the problem area. discomfort gradually disappears.However, if the complaints persist after several months, surgical treatment may be indicated.It was such a microsurgical operation that was successfully performed on a patient with a fracture of the malleus handle.A control postoperative examination found that the man's hearing had recovered, the discomfort had passed. the period passed without complications, “the message says.
It is clarified that such injuries can occur not only when trying to “shake out” the water that has got into the ear, but also when removing the earbuds from the ears, as well as when sneezing with a clamped mouth and nose.