An aural polyp is a growth in the outside (external) ear canal. 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.
An aural polyp is diagnosed through an examination of the ear canal and middle ear using an otoscope or microscope.
Treatment depends on the underlying cause. Your doctor 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 bleeding from an ear.
Cummings CW, Flint PW, Haughey BH, et al. Otolaryngology: Head & Neck Surgery. 4th ed. St Louis, Mo; Mosby; 2005.
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