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Can You Die From Cholesteatoma
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
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
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
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
Very Bad: Cholesteatomas produce chemicals that can erode bone. Depending on where the cholesteatoma is the bone at risk can be the bone separating the ear from the brain and potentially lead to a brain issue such as infection or brain fluid leak. You can also get erosion into the inner ear itself leading to permanent deafness and severe vertigo. ...Read more
Can be harmful: Cholesteatoma is a destructive, abnormal tissue growth that typically occurs in the middle ear. Left untreated, cholesteatoma can eat into nearby bones, resulting in nerve deterioration, deafness, imbalance, and vertigo. Because of it’s potential to cause central nervous system complications by damaging the brain and/or spinal cord, it is a potentially fatal disease, ...Read more
Cholesteatoma: 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 are present at birth. ...Read more
Kids' favorite aunt came to visit. Told me she has cholesteatoma. What should I tell my children?
Clarification: Small skin bleeding is not uncommon. If it is saturating through several bandages, should contact surgeon. ...Read more
I had a mastoidectomy operation six months ago. Can this cause a need for a cholesteatoma operation?
Is it possible a local anaesthesia surgery for cholesteatoma? Compared to total anaesthesia. Which one is more secure?
See below: "safest" would be local anesthesia. That is to say you will not be exposed to many medications, and you will be in control of your body functions. However, the procedure is not really amenable to local anesthesia, or at least the procedure would be very uncomfortable for you. I would suggest a general anesthetic. ...Read more
Not recommended: I personally would not recommend otc treatment for this condition. See an ent. ...Read more
Good questions: Keratosis obturans is a hyperkeratotic growth of superficial skin of the bony ear canal skin and as such is seborrheic dermatitis of the bony ear canal skin. Cholesteatoma, primary or secondary is a growth of skin in the middle ear arising from either a migration of skin from a perforation or congenital. Cholesteatoma is potentially dangerous and can destroy bone and result in serious disease. ...Read more