A type of noncancerous tumor found in the middle section of the ear behind the eardrum. Also known as Cholesteatoma, this condition forms when an ear has been punctured, and the skin begins to grow through the hole in the middle ear.
Keratoma growths can cause damage to the ears and hearing problems. The tumors may also cause nerve damage, hearing loss, deafness, dizziness, and balance problems.
Keratoma must be treated by a medical physician in its early stages to ensure the best outcome. Serious complications may occur if the tumor goes untreated, including destruction of both the middle ear structures causing hearing loss, and inner ear structures causing vertigo.