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Cholesteatoma Overview

What is a cholesteatoma?
A cholesteatoma is an overgrowth of tissue within the middle ear. The middle ear is the space between the eardrum and the structures of the inner ear. Cholesteatomas are more common in those who suffer repeated ear infections.

What are the symptoms of a cholesteatoma?
Symptoms of a cholesteatoma include hearing loss, ear discharge, ear pain, dizziness, and vertigo.

How does the doctor treat a cholesteatoma?
Treatment for a cholesteatoma includes surgery to remove the cholesteatoma.

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Last Updated: Feb 7, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Cholesteatoma References
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