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July 1967

Vascular Tinnitus: A Case Report

Author Affiliations

Warwick, England
From the Warwick, Stratford-on-Avon, and Shipston on Stour Hospitals, Warwickshire, England.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1967;86(1):53-54. doi:10.1001/archotol.1967.00760050055011

ARTERIOVENOUS, or cirsoid, aneurysms, may develop shortly after puberty. It is notorious that interruption of their supplying vessels is not sufficient to effect cure, and that the whole lesion should be excised whenever possible.

Herberts (1962)1 has reported a case of tinnitus due to fistulas between the occipital and middle meningeal arteries and the lateral sinus controlled almost completely by ligation of the external carotid artery.

Spontaneous disappearance of objective vascular tinnitus, after some months, in a 36-year-old subject has been reported by Engstrom and Graf (1952).2

The following case history may prove interesting.

Report of a Case  A 14-year-old boy complained that, for the last few months, he had had a pulsatile noise in the left side of the head, loudest about 1 inch behind the left ear. At first the noise interfered with sleep, but he was getting used to it. It was louder on exertion,

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