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Are there alternative treatments for cholesteatoma?

Although surgery is needed to remove the cyst caused by cholesteatoma, thus avoiding further ear damage, ear cleaning is sometimes used as an alternative treatment for those who cannot undergo surgery. In this case, doctors rid the ear of the debris lodged in the sac that is created by the eardrum's elongation. Patients who have already had ear surgery may also require this occasional alternative treatment.

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