Pulsatile tinnitus: three cases of arteriovenous fistula treated by ligation of the occipital artery

J Laryngol Otol. 1990 May;104(5):421-2. doi: 10.1017/s0022215100158608.


Pulsatile tinnitus resulting from an abnormal communication between the occipital artery and the transverse or lateral sinus is a rare clinical entity. We report three cases which presented over a period of three years who had such abnormalities demonstrated angiographically and were cured of their symptoms by exploration and ligation of the occipital artery.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Intracranial Arteriovenous Malformations / complications*
  • Intracranial Arteriovenous Malformations / surgery
  • Ligation
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pulsatile Flow / physiology
  • Tinnitus / etiology*