An integrated program designed for patients with pulsatile tinnitus promises to bring relief to thousands of sufferers
Over the past few years I have taken care of hundreds of patients with pulsatile tinnitus. Many of them had serious, and potentially life-threatening, conditions (such as dural arteriovenous fistulas), and others had more benign problems, like a venous aneurysm or venous sinus stenosis. Some patients were suffering from catastrophic pulsatile tinnitus, while others could tolerate its symptoms.
It was six years ago that we treated our first patient using venous sinus stenting – an innovative procedure that widens a narrowed vein inside the brain. She was a delightful young woman who had been diagnosed with pseudotumor cerebri and was losing vision due to high intracranial pressure. After the venous sinus stenting, the patient recovered her vision completely and all the other symptoms of increased intracranial pressure were also resolved. She has been doing very well ever since.