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.
Aural polyps may be caused by:
Bloody drainage from the ear is the most common symptom. Hearing loss can also occur.
Treatment depends on the underlying cause. Your health care provider may first recommend:
If a cholesteatoma is the underlying problem or the condition fails to clear, then surgery may be needed.
Call your health care provider if you have severe pain, bleeding from an ear or a sharp decrease in hearing.
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