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How Rare Is A 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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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