Cholesteatoma can be fatal. It can cause deafness. And it can arise from something as typical as a childhood ear infection.
What is a Cholesteatoma?
Cholesteatomas are destructive lesions inside the skull that can wear away tissue and bone inside the skull. If left untreated, a brain abscess or meningitis may take the life of a child. Some children are born with a cholesteatoma that formed inside the skull during the pregnancy. But cholesteatomas can form a direct result of a perforated or “burst” eardrum from an ear infection. Sometimes, a child who has been treated for ear infection with the insertion of “ear tubes” may develop a cholesteatoma. One sign of cholesteatoma is painless drainage of fluid from the ear. Hearing loss is another symptom of cholesteatoma, and may be accompanied by dizziness. Frequently, the only sign a doctor will be able to see is an ear canal filled with a pus-like material.
If your child has been injured by failure to diagnose a cholesteatoma, you may wish to call an attorney with experience litigating such a case. You may wish to call Briggs & Wholey.