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How is a cholesteatoma removed surgically?

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You'll be given medicine to make you sleep, and the removal of the cholesteatoma will be done in one of two ways:

  • Mastoidectomy: Your mastoid is the bone behind your ear. Your surgeon opens this bone up to remove the cyst.
  • Tympanoplasty: This fixes damage to your eardrum (tympanic membrane). Your surgeon uses cartilage or muscle from another part of your ear to fill any holes in your eardrum.

From: Benign Ear Cyst (Cholesteatoma) WebMD Medical Reference

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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 William Blahd on January 20, 2017

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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 William Blahd on January 20, 2017

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