Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital recently shared an incredibly rare instance where a 9-year-old boy had a tick implanted in his right ear, according to the New England Journal of Medicine. Dr. Erik Waldman was the co-author of the report and the chief of pediatric otolaryngology at the hospital who also peered into the boy’s ear and saw the issue that left the boy wondering why he continued to feel a strange sensation.
When Waldman attempted to remove the tick, he couldn’t because it wouldn’t budge. The medical staff became concerned because if they did not remove the tick, it would have caused future hearing problems for the young boy. However, if they pulled the tick out of the boy’s ear, it would cause pain and probably tear the membrane. After deciding to move forward, Waldman took the boy into the operating room, put him to sleep, and was able to use fine utensils to remove the capitulum of the tick. After treating the boy, he healed perfectly.