What are the symptoms of cholesteatoma?

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Cholesteatoma, a cyst in the middle ear, can ultimately cause deafness, so it makes sense that one of the symptoms of the disease is loss of hearing in the affected ear.Unfortunately, it takes many years for a person to develop a cholesteatoma, and during that time there are few symptoms. Some of the more common symptoms include:
  • A painful or numb feeling around the ear, or a feeling of fullness or pressure
  • Dizziness
  • Discharge from the ear
  • Muscle weakness on one side of the face
Even though the onset of cholesteatoma symptoms can be quite minor, this does not mean the cyst is not serious. In fact, cholesteatoma can lead to not only hearing loss, but also infection of the brain and other conditions.

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