Benign ear cyst or tumor : Treatment

Treatment

If the cyst or tumor is not painful and does not interfere with hearing, treatment is not necessary.

If a cyst becomes painful, it may be infected. Treatment may include antibiotics or removal of the cyst.

Benign bony tumors may progressively increase in size. If a benign tumor is painful or interferes with hearing, surgical removal of the tumor may be necessary.

Prognosis (Expectations)

Benign ear cysts and tumors are usually slow-growing and may disappear on their own.

Complications

  • Hearing loss — if the tumor is large
  • Infection of the cysts
  • Wax trapped in the ear canal

Calling Your Health Care Provider

Call for an appointment with your health care provider if you have:

  • Symptoms of a benign ear cyst or tumor
  • Discomfort, pain, or hearing loss


Review Date : 5/13/2009
Reviewed By : Neil K. Kaneshiro, MD, MHA, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.

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