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What symptoms of cholesteatoma are the most common?

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Symptoms: dizziness; drainage from the ear; hearing loss in one ear; pain or numbness in or around the ear. Cholesteatoma can be a birth defect (congenital), but it more commonly occurs as a complication of chronic ear infection.

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Symptoms: dizziness; drainage from the ear; hearing loss in one ear; pain or numbness in or around the ear. Cholesteatoma can be a birth defect (congenital), but it more commonly occurs as a complication of chronic ear infection.
Dr. Michael H. T. Sia
Dr. Michael H. T. Sia
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Dr. Dale Tylor
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery - Pediatric
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In brief: Drainage

Most commonly patients present with a long history of yucky drainage from the ears (can be really stinky or even bloody).
Often there is some sort of impaired hearing or a sense of fullness in the ear. Rarely is there real pain. There can be some dizziness. The face can develop weakness, almost looking like the patient had a stroke. Or it could be caught on exam before there are any symptoms.

In brief: Drainage

Most commonly patients present with a long history of yucky drainage from the ears (can be really stinky or even bloody).
Often there is some sort of impaired hearing or a sense of fullness in the ear. Rarely is there real pain. There can be some dizziness. The face can develop weakness, almost looking like the patient had a stroke. Or it could be caught on exam before there are any symptoms.
Dr. Dale Tylor
Dr. Dale Tylor
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