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Is Pulsatile Tinnitus Dangerous
Pulsatile tinnitus: Hello, pulsatile tinnitus is a condition where a blood vessel is beating against a bone of the skull. When this happens, it transmits sound waves thru the bone to the ear. It is a condition that needs to be evaluated by an ENT doctor. It could be caused by a vascular tumor deep within the skull that could be dangerous. Good luck.
I got pulsatile tinnitus 3 mos. Ago and again 3 weeks ago. I still have it. I am 36, in great shape, and have no health history. Should I worry?
Pulsatile tinnitis: It's probably 'nothing' but it does warrant an exam by your doctor, an ENT, or a neurologist to rule out a range of relatively rare neuro vascular causes of this symptom. Often a clinician will get some imaging study of brain and cranial anatomy after a careful exam of blood pressure, carotid bruit, and the ears.
Could be helpful: Pulsatile tinnitus may be caused by a variety of things such as a dural arteriovenous fistula, an aberrant blood vessel, or possibly a vascular tumor in the ear (glomus tympanicum). Mri or ct could be helpful to determine the cause but a specialist like and ENT needs to evaluate your symptoms to best decide on the course of action.
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MRI often used: Causes of pulsatile tinnitus include arteriovenous fistula (avf), carotid stenosis, glomus tumor, arteriovenous malformation (avm), aberrant carotid artery or cardiac murmur. A venous hum contributing to pulsatile tinnitus can also be caused by venous anomalies. All of these can potentially be detected by MRI (carotid stenosis would traditionally be picked-up by carotid ultrasound).
I have had pulsatile tinnitus for 2 years caused by my IIH. In recent days the rhythm and pitch has changed. Should I be worried?
My pulsatile tinnitus used to go away when I pressed on my neck. 2 years later this no longer works, it's also changed rhythm and pitch. Why?
How does pulsatile tinnitus and noise induced tinnitus differ in their sounds? Is pulsatile more rhythmic wavy and noise induced is constant high pitch
I have recently been suffering from both labyrinthitis and pulsatile tinnitus in the last two weeks, are these conditions linked or possibly both symptoms of something else?
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