Cholesteatoma

Authored by Dr Oliver Starr, 09 May 2017

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Dr Helen Huins, 09 May 2017

Cholesteatoma is the name given to a collection of skin cells deep in the ear that form a pearly-white greasy-looking lump deep in the ear, right up in the top of the eardrum (the tympanic membrane).

A cholesteatoma is rare. The truthful answer to what causes it, is 'we don't really know'. Skin cells from the lining of the ear canal seem to get trapped in the middle ear (which doesn't normally contain skin cells).

Skin cells, including those that line the ear canal, normally multiply regularly to replace those that have died. Usually these skin cells just flake off.

The dead cells are trapped too and build up. This build-up of dead skin cells over time is what forms the cholesteatoma.

Hi everyone i just want too share my experience with cholesteatoma, due to the fact when i was diagnosed with it, i really couldn't find much on the internet about it. It was a very confusing thing...

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