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How can a problem with a Eustachian tube cause a cholesteatoma?

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If the tube that connects your ear and your nose doesn't work the way it should, your eardrum can't handle changes in pressure well. That can make it collapse and become a pocket. Skin cells build up in the pocket and form a cholesteatoma.

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American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery: "Cholesteatoma."

American Journal of Neuroradiology: "Neuroradiology of Cholesteatomas."

Mayo Clinic: "CT Scan."

Medscape: "Cholesteatoma."

Mount Sinai Hospital: "Cholesteatoma."

NHS Choices: "Cholesteatoma."

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on February 8, 2019

SOURCES:

American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery: "Cholesteatoma."

American Journal of Neuroradiology: "Neuroradiology of Cholesteatomas."

Mayo Clinic: "CT Scan."

Medscape: "Cholesteatoma."

Mount Sinai Hospital: "Cholesteatoma."

NHS Choices: "Cholesteatoma."

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on February 8, 2019

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