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Otolaryngol Clin North Am. 2003 Apr;36(2):389-402, viii.

Pulsatile tinnitus.

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Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University, PO Box 980146, 1201 East Marshall Street, Suite 402, Richmond, VA 23298, USA.


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.

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