Cholesteatoma is a growth that occurs in the skin of the middle ear, behind the ear drum. If left untreated, cholesteatoma is a potentially serious condition that can lead to bone erosion, nerve loss, infection in the inner ear and brain, deafness, brain abscess, meningitis, and even death.

Symptoms of cholesteatoma include

  • Hearing loss
  • Recurring discharge, including puss, blood, or foul-smelling liquid from the ear
  • Loss of balance
  • Dizziness
  • Ear pain
  • Tinnitus
  • Headaches

To diagnose cholesteatoma, an ear, nose, and throat doctor must look into the ear using a surgical microscope. Your doctor may obtain a CAT scan to determine the size and spread of the cholesteatoma. Once a positive diagnosis has been made, antibiotic drops or pills are typically prescribed, along with weekly cleaning of the ear drum by a doctor. Polyps may need to be surgically removed.

If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, especially hearing loss and ear discharge, contact OrlandoENT without delay to setup an appointment.

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