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Doctor insights on: How Rare Is A Cholesteatoma

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

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

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. ...Read more

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How common or uncommon is facial nerve paralysis after a Cholesteatoma operation please?

How common or uncommon is facial nerve paralysis after a Cholesteatoma operation please?

Interesting: Already answered this myself a number of hours ago and saw 2 other responses from other colleagues as well...but I'll take another shot at it for BONUS POINTS! LOL. This is a rare but well known possible risk with this type of surgery. Intraoperative monitoring as well as careful surgical dissection avoids the complication. Stated statistic is about 1/500 cases result in facial nerve problem. ...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