Other Names for this Disease
- Primary acquired cholesteatoma (type)
- Secondary acquired cholesteatoma (type)
- Congenital cholesteatoma (type)
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An examination by an otolaryngologist - a doctor who specializes in head and neck conditions - can confirm the presence of a cholesteatoma. Initial treatment may consist of a careful cleaning of the ear, antibiotics, and eardrops. Therapy aims to stop drainage in the ear by controlling the infection. Large or complicated cholesteatomas may require surgical treatment to protect the patient from serious complications.
Last updated: 12/30/2009
- Cholesteatoma. Vestibular Disorders Association Website. 2009; http://www.vestibular.org/vestibular-disorders/specific-disorders/cholesteatoma.php. Accessed 12/30/2009.
- Lipkin A. Cholesteatoma. MedlinePlus. 2008; http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001050.htm. Accessed 12/30/2009.
- ClinicalTrials.gov lists trials that are studying or have studied Cholesteatoma. Click on the link to go to ClinicalTrials.gov to read descriptions of these studies.
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