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    Friedman, Ellen M.
    Video : NEJM
    N Engl J Med. 2016-02-18; 374:e7[video]
    "Successful removal of a foreign body from the external auditory canal or the nasal passage depends on the size, shape, texture, and composition of the object, the length of time the object has been lodged, the patient's anatomy, the presence or absence of infection, and the number and nature of any previous attempts at removal. The likelihood of success for retrieval in an outpatient setting decreases with each additional attempt. It is important to keep the patient still by means of passive restraint or sedation and to use appropriate equipment with excellent illumination. Experience by the operator in the removal of foreign objects will increase confidence, improve technical skills, and increase the likelihood of success."