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My husband has always had problems with his left ear/side of face. He has had tubes put in throughout his life, including now, maneers disease w/ surgery (1992), hearing loss, dizziness, a benign parotid tumor (2001) removed, and most recently, intermittent bleeding since Jan. 2010 from same ear. We have had 3 CT scans with no answers. In Jan. the ER doctor said there is a possible cholesteatoma and bone erosion and to go to the ENT for follow-up. We have been to two ENT's who thought it was irritation from the tube. He has been through 2 courses of Ciprodex drops. They said the bleeding should stop. It hasn't yet. They refuse to do an MRI. He has bleeding, pain, greater hearing loss. Shouldn't they order an MRI? Could there be another tumor? Research online says if this is ignored it could cause death. Why are they not doing more? Please Help! Should we seek another opinion? What should we do?

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replied May 6th, 2010
Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders Answer A11767
Hi, welcome to the ehealth forum and I am glad to help you.
You seem concerned by the persistent intermittent bleeding from the left ear of your husband since Jan 2010 with greater hearing loss and pain. You have also made a mention of tubes being already in place in the left ear plus a history of surgery for meniere’s disease in 1992 and removal of benign parotid tumour in 2001.CT scans have not helped much.
The history of surgery for meniere’s disease suggests that mastoidectomy has been done and there is cavity in the mastoid which can develop collection at any time and the same if in the form of granulation tissue can bleed and become infected. MRI can help in visualising the tissue and collection if any and another less likely possibility is of glomus tympanicum. The possibility of chronic irritation by the tubes in place in the ear as suggested by your ENT doctor also seems plausible .
You must consult your ENT doctor for the same as the definitive diagnosis cannot be made online.
Hope this helps. Take care.

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