Cholesteatoma

An abnormal skin growth in the middle ear
Cholesteatoma is an abnormal skin growth in the middle ear.  It is most commonly caused by prolonged Eustachian tube dysfunction causing ongoing negative pressure in the middle ear.
It can be associated with recurrent ear infections and/or a tear in the ear drum, which can allow skin from the outer ear to grow into the middle ear.

Over time, these cysts or pouches of skin, which build up inside the ear, can increase in size and damage the delicate bones of the middle ear.  This may result in treatable hearing loss; however continued cholesteatoma growth may lead to permanent hearing loss, dizziness, facial muscle paralysis and rarely meningitis or brain abscess.


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