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ICD-10 code: H71.9

Chapter: Diseases of the ear and mastoid process

Understanding Unspecified Cholesteatoma

Unspecified cholesteatoma is a type of ear disease that affects the middle ear and mastoid bone. It is a type of cholesteatoma that is difficult to identify and diagnose because it does not show any specific symptoms. It is often discovered accidentally during a routine ear examination.

  1. Causes of Unspecified Cholesteatoma
  2. The exact cause of unspecified cholesteatoma is not known. However, it is believed to be caused by a combination of factors including:

    • Chronic ear infections
    • Injury or trauma to the ear
    • Genetic factors
    • Abnormal growth of skin in the ear
  3. Symptoms of Unspecified Cholesteatoma
  4. Unspecified cholesteatoma is a silent disease that does not show any specific symptoms. However, it can cause the following symptoms:

    • Ear pain
    • Ear discharge
    • Reduced hearing capacity
    • Tinnitus or ringing in the ear
  5. Treatment for Unspecified Cholesteatoma
  6. The treatment for unspecified cholesteatoma involves surgery to remove the growth. The surgery is called a mastoidectomy and involves removing the infected tissue and cleaning the ear canal. The surgery is usually performed under general anesthesia and can take a few hours to complete. After the surgery, the patient may need to stay in the hospital for a few days for observation and recovery.

  7. Prevention of Unspecified Cholesteatoma
  8. It is difficult to prevent unspecified cholesteatoma as the exact cause is not known. However, taking the following measures can reduce the risk of developing the disease:

    • Maintaining good ear hygiene
    • Getting treatment for ear infections
    • Wearing ear protection when exposed to loud noise
    • Avoiding inserting foreign objects into the ear

In conclusion, unspecified cholesteatoma is a silent ear disease that can cause serious complications if left untreated. It is important to get regular ear checkups to identify and treat the disease early. If you experience any symptoms of ear infections, it is advisable to seek medical attention immediately.