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Dr. Nader Kalantar
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Cholesteatoma (Overview)

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.


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Any remedies for cholesteatoma I can try at home?

Any remedies for cholesteatoma I can try at home?

No: Sorry, cholesteatoma is a surgical, not a medical problem. The enzymes in cholesteatomas can erode bone and make this benign condition dangerous. You need to have it taken care of by an ENT doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Nader Kalantar
86 doctors shared insights

Cholesteatoma (Overview)

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.


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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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Diagnosed with a cholesteatoma. Is that bad?

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

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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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When I was little, my parents said I had cholesteatoma. I don't know many others who have had it. What is it?

When I was little, my parents said I had cholesteatoma. I don't know many others who have had it. What is it?

Benign ear tumor: This tumor often arises from untreated middle ear infections.
It can be present from birth (congenital).
If you have normal hearing in that ear now, it probably was removed or did not grow large enough to cause problems. ...Read more

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How do you pronounce 'Laryngopharyngeal' please? & can Laryngopharyngeal reflux cause Cholesteatoma?

Cholesteatoma: Its pronounced exactly as you would read it. No, refluxing your gastric content into your pharynx and larynx have absolutely nothing to do with developing keratinizing epidermal growth in the middle ear. ...Read more

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About 9 yrs ago I was treated for cholesteatoma thru surgery. I'm having a lot of pain on the same side in my jaw. Could it be related to this?

Cholesteatoma: Hello. The most common presentation of a recurrent cholesteatoma would be drainage. Other symptoms could be hearing loss, ringing and/or dizziness. The jaw pain would most probably not be related but seeing your ENT doctor will confirm this and may even be able to help identify a reason for the discomfort. Good luck. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for a cholesteatoma?

What is the treatment for a cholesteatoma?

Surgery: I would see a local ENT in galveston or houston. There are ENT doctors who just specialize in just complex ear surgery called otologist or neuro-otologists. ...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 on its extent at the time it is diagnosed. An ENT is the surgeon to seek for treatment. ...Read more

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Years of tubes have left me with a permanent hole in my eardrum. Does this put me at risk of developing a cholesteatoma?

No: Cholesteatoma is not related to ear tube placement and additionally, usually found in the external ear canal, not on the tympanic membrane (eardrum). ...Read more

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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 on 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 equalize 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 ears surgery. ...Read more

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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?

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 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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