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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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Is it usual for the pulsatile tinnitus caused by IIH to go away when pressing on the neck, and return once you let go?

Is it usual for the pulsatile tinnitus caused by IIH to go away when pressing on the neck, and return once you let go?

Yes: When you press on your neck you are reducing the blood flow to the brain, so the tinnitus stops. When you relax your pressure the blood flow return to its usual state so the tinnitus returns. Talk to your doctor about treatment alternatives. ...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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What could be the cause of my two year relentless PULSATILE tinnitus. Stops when pressing on neck. ?

What could be the cause of my two year relentless PULSATILE tinnitus. Stops when pressing on neck. ?

See ENT: Not usually related to pathology. Rarely pulsatile tinnitus can be caused by more serious problems like aneurysms. See ENT doc for exam/recommendations. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
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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


Dr. William Culviner
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Tinnitus (Definition)

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