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J Vasc Surg. 1987 Sep;6(3):248-51.

Tinnitus originating from an abnormal jugular bulb: treatment by jugular vein ligation.


Tinnitus and hearing loss can occur in patients with a high-riding abnormal jugular bulb. Jugular vein ligation in selected patients can cure tinnitus and reverse hearing loss. A 39-year-old woman reported a 4-year history of right-sided tinnitus of increasing intensity associated with a mild hearing loss. Extensive evaluation revealed only an enlarged right jugular bulb with dehiscence of the normal petrous bony septum between the bulb and the middle ear. The patient underwent ligation of the right internal jugular vein and noted immediate cessation of tinnitus and the return of normal hearing. Review of the literature suggests that jugular vein ligation is appropriate in selected cases of venous tinnitus.

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