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How can a benign tumor of the middle ear lead to infection in the brain?

8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Sabha Ganai
Surgery - Oncology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Obstruction

One possibility is due to "mass effect" where the tumor blocks normal drainage patterns and leads to accumulation of fluids which get infected.
The middle ear is right next to the brain so things can spread directly, or sometimes erode through the bone.

In brief: Obstruction

One possibility is due to "mass effect" where the tumor blocks normal drainage patterns and leads to accumulation of fluids which get infected.
The middle ear is right next to the brain so things can spread directly, or sometimes erode through the bone.
Dr. Sabha Ganai
Dr. Sabha Ganai
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
This is good advice. Cholesteatomas can erode bone though they are benign
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
3 doctors agree

In brief: Cholesteatoma

This is likely a cholesteatoma which can erode the skull base and cause infection in the brain.
.. This requires surgical removal.

In brief: Cholesteatoma

This is likely a cholesteatoma which can erode the skull base and cause infection in the brain.
.. This requires surgical removal.
Dr. Patrick Melder
Dr. Patrick Melder
Thank
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