Chronic Ear Infections
The Chronic Discharging Ear (CSOM) and Cholesteatoma
Chronic suppurative ear disease with or without cholesteatoma is a destructive process affecting the middle ear or mastoid. This can include damage to the facial nerve producing paralysis of the face; to the inner ear, producing complete deafness and intense vertigo; and to the brain and meninges, where the serious and possibly fatal conditions of brain abscess and meningitis will occasionally develop.
The members of the department at St Vincent’s Hospital have extensive experience of the surgery of chronic ear disease and cholesteatoma. This can be highly complex surgery which is tailored to the extent of disease. Types of surgery include Intact Canal Wall Mastoidectomy and Modified Radical Mastoidectomy.
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