Middle ear tumors

There are a range of middle ear tumors, which are more likely to be benign than malignant. 


The three most common middle ear tumors are (not in any particular order as there are differences in the literature) 1-3

Other rarer middle ear tumors include 2

Differential diagnosis

If large, these can be difficult to distinguish from direct extension into the middle ear of

Additionally aggressive infections (e.g. malignant otitis externa, tuberculous otomastoiditis, Aspergillus) can appear similar.

Article information

rID: 1673
System: Head & Neck
Section: Gamuts
Tag: cases
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Cases and figures

  • Case 1: facial nerve schwannoma
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  • Case 2: congenital cholesteatoma
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  • Case 3: glomus tympanicum
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