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What increases my risk for cholesteatoma?

If you have a history of chronic ear infections or problems with the middle ear, you may be at risk for cholesteatoma. Research has shown a link between people who experience these problems and people who develop cholesteatoma. In fact, some doctors suggest cholesteatoma is a result of a chronic ear infection, although it can also develop as a result of a birth defect.

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