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Is anyone familiar with a cholesteatoma?

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Dr. Dale Tylor
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery - Pediatric
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Dale Tylor
Dr. Dale Tylor
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In brief: Congenital/acquired

Cholesteatoma may be congenital or acquired.
Congenital cholesteatomas are epidermal cysts arising as a result of a developmental abnormality. Acquired cholesteatomas predominantly arise following retraction of part of the ear drum in response to middle ear inflammation. As it grows, can result in hearing loss. Permanent hearing loss, dizziness, and facial muscle paralysis are rare complications.

In brief: Congenital/acquired

Cholesteatoma may be congenital or acquired.
Congenital cholesteatomas are epidermal cysts arising as a result of a developmental abnormality. Acquired cholesteatomas predominantly arise following retraction of part of the ear drum in response to middle ear inflammation. As it grows, can result in hearing loss. Permanent hearing loss, dizziness, and facial muscle paralysis are rare complications.
Dr. Steven Greenberg
Dr. Steven Greenberg
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