Alternative Names Osteomas; Exostoses; Tumor - ear; Cysts - ear; Ear cysts; Ear tumors Symptoms The symptoms of cysts include: Pain (if cysts are in the outside ear canal or get infected) Small soft skin lumps on, behind, or in front of the ear The symptoms of benign tumors include: Ear discomfort Gradual hearing loss in one ear Note: There may be no symptoms. Signs and tests Benign cysts and tumors are usually discovered during a routine ear examination, which can include hearing tests ( audiometry ) and middle ear testing ( tympanometry ). When looking into the ear, the doctor may see cysts or benign tumors in the ear canal. Sometimes a CT scan is needed. This disease may also affect the results of the following tests: Caloric stimulation Electronystagmography
Definition A cyst is a closed pocket or pouch of tissue. It can be filled with air, fluid, pus, or other material. Considerations Cysts may form within any tissue in the body. Cysts within the lung generally are air-filled, while cysts involving the lymph system or kidneys are fluid-filled. Certain parasites, such as trichinosis , dog tapeworm ( Toxocara canis ), and echinococcus , can form cysts within the muscles, liver, brain, lungs, and eyes. Cysts are common on the skin. They develop as a result of infection, clogging of sebaceous glands (acne-related cysts), or around a foreign object stuck in the skin. See also: Pilonidal dimple Common Causes
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