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Aural polyps

  • Definition
    • An aural polyp is a growth in the outside (external) ear canal or middle ear. It may be attached to the eardrum (tympanic membrane), or it may grow from the middle ear space.

  • Causes
    • Aural polyps may be caused by:

  • Symptoms
  • Exams and Tests
    • An aural polyp is diagnosed through an exam of the ear canal and middle ear using an otoscope or microscope.

  • Treatment
    • Treatment depends on the underlying cause. Your doctor may first recommend:

      • Avoiding water in the ear
      • Steroid medicines
      • Antibiotic ear drops

      If a cholesteatoma is the underlying problem or the condition fails to clear, then surgery may be needed.

  • When to Contact a Medical Professional
    • Call your health care provider if you have bleeding from an ear.

  • References
    • Chole RA. Chronic otitis media, mastoiditis, and petrositis. In: Flint PW, Haughey BH, Lund V, et al, eds. Cummings Otolaryngology: Head & Neck Surgery. 6th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2015:chap 139.

      O'Handley JG, Tobin EJ, Shah AR. Otorhinolaryngology In: Rakel RE, Rakel DP, eds. Textbook of Family Medicine. 9th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2016:chap 18.