Pulsatile tinnitus associated with dehiscent internal carotid artery: An irremediable condition?

Jean Philippe Van Damme, Géraldine Heylen, Chantal Gilain, Pierre Garin

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Dehiscent internal carotid artery (ICA) in the middle ear is a rare condition, with conservative treatment primarily recommended. We report the case of a 63-year-old patient referred to the Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) ward for unbearable pulsatile tinnitus. Otoscopy revealed a normal right tympanic membrane, with pulsatile tinnitus but without hearing impairment. Based on imaging studies, including computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the temporal bone, as well as Doppler ultrasound of the internal carotid artery and sigmoid sinus, the diagnosis of ICA canal dehiscence into the tympanic cavity was established, thus excluding the diagnosis of aberrant ICA. Following the patient's own request, we undertook surgical correction, with the technique used described in the report. Immediately postoperatively, the pulsatile tinnitus had disappeared, with no surgical complications noted. At the 9-month follow-up, otoscopy revealed a healthy right tympanic membrane and the patient reported no remaining symptoms.

langue originaleAnglais
Pages (de - à)612-615
Nombre de pages4
journalAuris Nasus Larynx
Numéro de publication5
Les DOIs
Etat de la publicationPublié - 1 oct. 2017

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