What is cholesteatoma?

Also known as: keratoma, chronic ear infection.

If an unusual growth of skin is present in the middle ear, right behind the eardrum, this is often known as a cholesteatoma. Over time, it can lead to a number of complications related to hearing, as well as other health issues.

Reviewed by: Brian Ho, MD

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