Pulsatile tinnitus cured by angioplasty and stenting of petrous carotid artery stenosis

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1998 Apr;124(4):460-1. doi: 10.1001/archotol.124.4.460.


Pulsatile tinnitus may result from turbulent flow within the ipsilateral internal carotid artery. Surgical endarterectomy and carotid artery ligation have been used to treat atherosclerotic stenosis with or without associated pulsatile tinnitus. To our knowledge, this is the first reported case of pulsatile tinnitus, attributable to internal carotid artery stenosis, successfully treated by angioplasty and stenting.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Angiography
  • Angioplasty, Balloon*
  • Carotid Artery, Internal / diagnostic imaging
  • Carotid Stenosis / diagnostic imaging
  • Carotid Stenosis / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Petrous Bone / diagnostic imaging
  • Pulsatile Flow / physiology
  • Stents*
  • Tinnitus / diagnostic imaging
  • Tinnitus / therapy*