Does cholesteatoma run in families?

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Although cholesteatoma can occur due to a birth defect, it is generally associated with frequent ear infections. For this reason, it's more important to assess your history with ear infections than your family history when you're trying to determine whether or not you have cholesteatoma. While most people who have ear infections don't develop a cholesteatoma, you should ask a doctor if you are at risk through reoccurring ear infections.

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