What causes cholesteatoma?

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It seems that cholesteatoma is related to the eustachian tube and problems with how it works. This tube is responsible for opening and closing in order to create equal pressure within the ear. When it malfunctions, it causes a vacuum in the tube, which pulls in the eardrum and creates a sack of skin that becomes trapped in the ear and creates a cyst.

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