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Bright white circle in cpangle on cerv spine MRI - what could it be? Neck/carotid mri/a were ok. Have pulsatile tinnitus+other sx.Wht shld nxt test b?

Bright white circle in cpangle on cerv spine MRI - what could it be? Neck/carotid mri/a were ok. Have pulsatile tinnitus+other sx.Wht shld nxt test b?

I am unable to help: As this is not my field of expertise. I have referred your question to our ENT surgeons, and I am hopeful one or more would be getting back to you with an answer. Good luck, and stay fit. ...Read more

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Bruit (Definition)

Bruit refers to a sound, heard via a stethoscope, of blood when it flows through a narrowed opening. As blood flows through a narrow diameter within a vessel, the velocity of flow increases and also becomes more turbulent. The importance of this sound is that, if your doctor hears it, it can signify underlying atherosclerosis--i.e. Build-up ...Read more


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On cerv spine MRI is large circle of uptake in cpangle. What cld it b? Neck/carotid mri/a were ok. Have pulsatile tinnitus+other sx. Next step/test?

On cerv spine MRI is large circle of uptake in cpangle. What cld it b? Neck/carotid mri/a were ok. Have pulsatile tinnitus+other sx. Next step/test?

I am unable to help : As this is not my field of expertise. I have referred your question to our ENT surgeons, and I am hopeful one or more would be getting back to you with an answer. Good luck, and stay fit. ...Read more

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I have pulsatile tinnitus in right ear. I have been told there is no disease in carotid artery but the blood vessels are tortuous. Can I be cured ?

I have pulsatile tinnitus in right ear.  I have been told there is no disease in carotid  artery but the blood vessels are tortuous. Can I be cured ?

Know the cause first: Before you can be treated (or attempted to be "cured"), you need to figure out the cause of the tinnitus. Many possibilities include hypertension, medications, infection, Meniere's, etc. See your physician for a complete evaluation. You might be referred toa neuro-otologist or ENT physician. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/tinnitus.html ...Read more

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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?

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?

I can tell: From the medications that you are not under the care of a neurologist ! That would be my starting point ! Check iron, Vit A level and give a carbonic anhydride inhibitor a good try. You should not be having pulsatile tinnitus with uncomplicated pseudo tumor. ...Read more

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Do I need to get a MRI to figure out the cause of my pulsatile tinnitus?

Do I need to get a MRI to figure out the cause of my pulsatile tinnitus?

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). ...Read more

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Bilateral pulsatile tinnitus for a few months. ears are fine, hearing test good.scared something is really wrong. could this just be a benign cause?

Bilateral pulsatile tinnitus for a few months. ears are fine, hearing test good.scared something is really wrong. could this just be a benign cause?

Likely benign: You are likely aware of carotid artery pulsations and NOT a reason to be concerned but discuss further with your doctor if this continues to worry you ...Read more

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Would pulsatile tinnitus in right ear cause dizziness, if i gently press artery in neck i get even dizzier, so does coughing or any sort of pressure .?

Would pulsatile tinnitus in right ear cause dizziness, if i gently press artery in neck i get even dizzier, so does coughing or any sort of pressure .?

Pulsatile Tinnitus: No, pulsatile tinnitus does not cause dizziness. But, the cause of the tinnitus may be associated with dizziness, that is, what causes one may contribute to the other. You should see an ENT and get to the bottom of your symptoms. They suggest increased pressure inside your head or turbulent blood flow in a large vessel. Both possibilities require tests, such an mri/mra and carotid artery doppler. ...Read more

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Pulsatile tinnitus, recent stabbing pain in inner ear right side, right side face pain, lightheaded, right side neck pain. Possible causes?

Pulsatile tinnitus, recent stabbing pain in inner ear right side, right side face pain, lightheaded, right side neck pain. Possible causes?

See an ENT: There are many possible causes of these types of symptoms. TMJ dysfunction, carotid stenosis and ear infection, just to name a few. However, pulsatile tinnitus mandates a medical investigation with radiological tests as well as blood-work. See an ENT for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Some other opinions, do you think a cholesteatoma can will cause pulsatile tinnitus?

Cholesteatoma: Cholesteotoma may not itself cause tinnitus but the damage to the ossicles and ear drum by chronic otitis media can cause it. ...Read more

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Tinnitus (Definition)

Tinnitus is also known as Ringing in ears. Tinnitus is when a person has a persistent noise in his ear or ears. Tinnitus can be of unknown cause, or can be caused by hearing damage, tumors, problems in the brain or hearing nerve, ...Read more


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Ringing In Ears (Definition)

Ringing in the ears (tinnitus) is a symptom in which a person has a persistent noise in his ear or ears. Tinnitus can be of unknown cause, or can be caused by hearing damage, tumors, problems in the brain or hearing nerve, ...Read more


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