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Benign Ear Growth

Alternate Names : Benign Ear Cyst

Benign Ear Growth | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What can be done to prevent the condition?

If the cause is genetic, there is no way to prevent benign ear cysts. Those who have problems with ear drainage tubes may need surgery to improve or bypass the tube. Surgery to remove an overgrowth of tissue in the upper part of the throat may help in some cases.

Treating allergies, ear infections or otitis, and chronic sinus infections may also help prevent cysts. An ear tube, or artificial tube to equalize pressure, may need to be inserted into the ear.

What are the long-term effects of the condition?

Long-term effects of a benign ear growth may be minimal. If the ear growth is not treated, it may result in a permanent hearing impairment. There can also be frequent ear infections of the ear canal, known as chronic otitis externa. Cysts may also cause chronic middle ear infections, or chronic otitis media, and hearing impairments.

What are the risks to others?

Benign ear growths are not contagious and pose no risks to others.

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Benign Ear Growth: Treatment & Monitoring

Author: Mark Loury, MD
Reviewer: Nicholas J. Rowley, MD
Date Reviewed: 08/06/01

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