Pulsatile tinnitus

Otolaryngol Clin North Am. 2003 Apr;36(2):389-402, viii. doi: 10.1016/s0030-6665(02)00169-x.


Pulsatile tinnitus is an uncommon otologic symptom, which often presents a diagnostic and management dilemma to the otolaryngologist. This symptom always deserves a thorough evaluation to avoid disastrous consequences from potentially life-threatening associated pathology. In most pulsatile tinnitus patients a treatable underlying etiology can be identified.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Cerebrovascular Disorders / complications*
  • Humans
  • Pseudotumor Cerebri / complications*
  • Tinnitus / diagnosis
  • Tinnitus / etiology*