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Dr. Nader Kalantar
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Cholesteatoma (Definition)

Is a benign skin cyst of the middle ear. They most often are acquired secondary to chronic middle ear disease. There are rarer congenital types which ...Read more


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Can cholesteatoma be cured?

Can cholesteatoma be cured?

Yes: Cholesteatoma is a condition that occurs in the ear canal or more commonly behind the ear drum in which the bony structures can be eroded. It is not a tumor but rather a destructive process that often is a result of previous infection. Surgery is curative. However, often more than one surgery is needed depending its extent at the time it is diagnosed. An ENT is the surgeon to seek for treatment. ...Read more

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How can cholesteatoma originate?

Cystic collection: Cholesteatoma is caused by a poorly functioning eustachian tube leads from the back of the nose to the middle of ear, allowing air to equalizing ear pressure. Eustachian tube may not work properly due to chronic ear or, sinus infections, colds,etc. Partial vacuum may be middle ear. This can cause a section of your eardrum to be pulled into the middle ear, creating a cyst, that grows larger. ...Read more

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I've got cholesteatoma. Now what?

You need surgery: Cholesteatoma is a problem that can be solved only by surgery. An ear nose and throat doctor should be able to take care of it for you. You want to see an ear nose and throat doctor who has special interest in chronic ear disease and does a lot of ear surgery. ...Read more

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What are the tests for cholesteatoma?

What are the tests for cholesteatoma?

ENT exam: First have an ENT specialist (otolaryngologist) exam your ear. If needed the ENT physician can order a ct scan of the temporal bone to check for choleasteatoma, a soft tissue mass, inside the middle ear cavity. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of cholesteatoma?

What are the symptoms of cholesteatoma?

Varied: The symptoms while not specific for only this condition could include hearing loss, draining ear, ear fullness, dizziness. If suspected, go see an ENT to check it out. ...Read more

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What sort of problem is a cholesteatoma?

Cholesteatoma: Poor function in the eustachian tube leads to negative pressure in the middle ear. This pulls a part of the eardrum (tympanic membrane) into the middle ear, creating a pocket or cyst that fills with old skin cells and other waste material (cholesteatoma). The cyst may get bigger and break down some of the middle ear bones. More at: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0002045/. ...Read more

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Is anyone familiar with a cholesteatoma?

Is anyone familiar with a cholesteatoma?

Skin cyst in ear: Cholesteatoma is something ents see quite often, though primary doctors only rarely come across it. It is skin (epidermal) cells where they shouldn't be, usually on the middle ear side of the eardrum and in the mastoid cavity behind the ear. You can be born with it, or more commonly it comes with chronic ear infections. It requires surgery to be cured or could lead to serious complications. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with a cholesteatoma. Is that bad?

Requires treatment: A cholesteatoma is a deposit of skin cells that forms a mass in the middle ear and can erode various portions of the middle ear resulting in hearing loss and other complications. It requires surgical treatment to prevent progression. ...Read more