Cholesteatoma is a destructive and expanding growth consisting of keratinizing squamous epithelium in the middle ear and/or mastoid process.Source: Wikipedia
Within all the people who go to their doctor with cholesteatoma, 63% report having diminished hearing, 63% report having ear pain, and 34% report having mass on ear. The symptoms that are highly suggestive of cholesteatoma are diminished hearing, fluid in ear, redness in ear, mass on ear, plugged feeling in ear, bleeding from ear, pus draining from ear, and muscle swelling, although you may still have cholesteatoma without those symptoms.
Patients with cholesteatoma often receive ophthalmologic and otologic diagnosis and treatment, excision, other diagnostic procedures (interview; evaluation; consultation), wound care management, lipid panel, other therapeutic ear procedures, prostate specific antigen measurement and biopsy .
The most commonly prescribed drugs for patients with cholesteatoma include ofloxacin, triamcinolone nasal product, boric acid topical, neomycin (septa), diclofenac / misoprostol, theophylline, dexamethasone-tobramycin ophthalmic, hydrochlorothiazide / irbesartan, desloratadine (clarinex), olopatadine ophthalmic, acetaminophen / tramadol, irbesartan (avapro) and chlorpheniramine / phenindamine / phenylpropanolamine .
Groups of people at highest risk for cholesteatoma include race/ethnicity = other age 5-14 years. On the other hand, age 1-4 years and age < 1 years almost never get cholesteatoma.