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Can antibiotics treat cholesteatoma?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Practitioner

Often, ear infections occur with cholesteatoma, and antibiotics are frequently used to treat those infections. Antibiotics, however, cannot treat cholesteatoma. This disease produces a cyst due to the modification of the eardrum, and this cyst must be removed in order to prevent ear damage. In most cases, surgery is necessary, although in some cases much of the cyst can be removed at the doctor's office and an ear cleaning method used to prevent further damage.

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