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Forum Name: Cardiology Symptoms

Question: Pulsatile tinnitus

 hmahappy - Thu Mar 24, 2005 12:17 pm

I've been hearing the blood rushing in my rt ear for a year now, what they call pulsatile tinnitus.
I did an MRI abroad, and the result was "a diffusely enlarged left vertebral artery, (equalling) in size the mother artery."
I don't have any other symptoms at all.
I was wondering if this is serious (or is this just a congenital varient), and if it is serious, what specialist do I go to?
 Dr. Yasser Mokhtar - Fri Apr 22, 2005 10:43 pm

User avatar Dear hmahappy,

This is just a normal variant and obviously having an enlarged left vertebral artery has nothing to do with right sided tinnitus.

The carotid artery is very close to the ear in its course and some people can hear its pulse especially when it is very quiet around them and laying on that side as when the person is going to sleep.

Thank you very much for using our website and i hope that this information helped.

Yasser Mokhtar, M.D.

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