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What symptoms are caused by cholesteatomas?

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Cholesteatomas typically cause symptoms in only one ear. The signs include:

  • Constant sound inside your ear (tinnitus)
  • Dizziness (or vertigo)
  • Ear infection
  • Earache
  • Feeling of "fullness" in one ear
  • Fluid that smells bad and leaks from your ears
  • Trouble hearing in one ear
  • Weakness in half your face

From: Benign Ear Cyst (Cholesteatoma) WebMD Medical Reference

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

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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