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Ear Cholesteatoma Evaluation

Evaluation of cholesteatoma begins with a medical history and physical examination.

Physical findings in the ear include a cyst, pocket or perforation in the eardrum:

  • Normal eardrum
  • Perforated eardrum

Tests that may be used to evaluate cholesteatoma include:
  • Hearing tests
  • Electronystagmography
  • Caloric stimulation testing:
    • Warm and cold water is introduced into the ear canal
    • Should trigger rapid side-to-side eye movements
    • Eye movements should be similar on both sides to be normal

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