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How rare is it for a patient with cochlear implants to acquire cholesteatoma?

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Dr. Phil Zapanta answered

Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery

Rare: Assuming you have regular follow up with your ENT surgeon, it would be rare for cholesteatoma to occur in a cochlear implant patient. Most ear surgeons will make sure this risk is very low and manageable prior to the surgery. However, the level of risk of cholesteatoma is relatively the same in a implant vs non-implant patient.

Answered 10/24/2017

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