A cholesteatoma is a growth (cyst) inside the ear. The most common cause is repeated ear infections. After the growth starts, ear infections make it grow larger. Your child may feel pain and pressure in or near one or both ears. Your child also may have bad-smelling fluid that drains from the ear. Your child may lose hearing in that ear. Hearing may come back after the growth is removed.
Your child's doctor may do tests to find out the size and shape of the growth. The doctor may clean your child's ear and prescribe antibiotics to stop the infection. In most cases, children have surgery to remove the growth. After surgery, your child will need follow-up care to be sure the growth and infection are gone.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
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Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: May 12, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
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