Venous sinus stenting for the treatment of isolated pulsatile tinnitus: Results of a prospective trial

Athos Patsalides, Alejandro Santillan, Sri Hari Sundararajan, Marissa Michael, Maria Suurna, George Alexiades

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Abstract

Objectives: This prospective study evaluates the effectiveness and safety of venous sinus stenting for patients with isolated pulsatile tinnitus and lateral sinus stenosis. Methods: Patients with isolated pulsatile tinnitus and lateral sinus stenosis with a minimum trans stenotic gradient of 4 mm Hg were treated with stenting. Pulsatile tinnitus before and after treatment was assessed with the Tinnitus Handicap Inventory (THI). Periprocedural adverse events, neurological complications, clinical and radiographic follow-up were also recorded. Results: A total of 42 patients (41 females and 1 male) were included in the study (median age of 37.5 years). Thirty patients had post-stenotic fusiform and 12 had post-stenotic saccular venous sinus aneurysm. In addition to stenting, coils were used to treat the patients with saccular venous aneurysms. The median follow-up was 5 months (range 1 to 34 months). Most patients had complete (39/42) or near-complete (2/42) resolution of their pulsatile tinnitus post-procedure. There were no serious adverse events. Conclusion: Stenting of the lateral venous sinus is a safe and effective treatment for patients with isolated pulsatile tinnitus due to venous sinus stenosis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)266-274
Number of pages9
JournalInterventional Neuroradiology
Volume27
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2021
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Pulsatile tinnitus
  • venous aneurysm
  • venous sinus stenosis
  • venous sinus stenting

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