Imaging of non-operated cholesteatoma: clinical practice guidelines

Eur Ann Otorhinolaryngol Head Neck Dis. 2012 Jun;129(3):148-52. doi: 10.1016/j.anorl.2011.09.005. Epub 2012 Feb 7.


Middle ear cholesteatoma is an aggressive form of chronic otitis media requiring surgical therapy. The surgical strategy depends on the location of the lesion, its extensions to the middle ear and mastoid, the anatomical conformation of the tympanomastoid cavities and the health status of the patient (as well as his or her interest in aquatic leisure activities). For several years, imaging of the ear has been a routine test in the preoperative work-up of the disease. National guidelines for the topic "Imaging of non-operated middle ear cholesteatoma" were prepared in October 2010, for the annual congress of the French Society of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery (SFORL), by a panel of experts from the SFORL, represented by the French Association of Otology and Neuro-otology (AFON), and the French Radiological Society (SFR), represented by the French Society of Head and Neck Imaging (CIREOL). These guidelines are presented in the present article.

Publication types

  • Consensus Development Conference
  • Practice Guideline

MeSH terms

  • Cholesteatoma, Middle Ear / diagnosis*
  • Cholesteatoma, Middle Ear / surgery
  • Chronic Disease
  • Contrast Media / administration & dosage
  • Ear, Inner / pathology
  • Ear, Middle / pathology
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging*
  • Otitis Media / complications
  • Otitis Media / diagnosis
  • Otoscopy
  • Tomography, Spiral Computed*


  • Contrast Media