Cholesteatoma - Definition, Symptoms, Complications and Treatment
Cholesteatoma can lead to more serious problems, such as chronic ear infections, hearing loss is permanent and dizziness. More rarely, meningitis, brain abscess, can cause facial paralysis. Cholesteatoma can be found in the middle ear, years before symptoms occur. It's an inflammation, although the structures that make up the contents of a benign, which acts as malignant tumors which can dissolve the bone tissue structures.
There are two types of cholesteatoma: Acquired and congenital cholesteatoma cholesteatoma.
The most common type of acquired cholesteatoma cholesteatoma. It occurs after a hole in the eardrum, or tympanic membrane in a slump pocket (retraction pockets) . After the formation of holes in the eardrum, healthy skin cells towards by moving the the outer ear to the middle ear rear side of the membrane, initiate the formation of cholesteatoma.
Congenital kolesteaom is much more rare and it occurs behind the intact eardrum. These cholesteatomas often go unnoticed for a long time. Congenital cholesteatoma thought to arise from "misguided" cells during fetal development.
- Hearing loss
- Intermittent or persistent ear infections
- Foul-smelling ear discharge
- In rare cases, the pain and crusting
- Very advanced cases, facial weakness / paralysis of the face, dizziness, full deafness and neurological symptoms may occur.
- Labyrinthitis (inner ear infection)
- Permanent hearing loss (see hearing impairment)
- Vestibular problems
- Facial Paralysis
- Chronic inflammation of the middle ear
- Ear pain
- Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
- Intracranial abscess / granuloma ...
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