Korean J Otolaryngol-Head Neck Surg.  2003 Feb;46(2):156-159.

A Case of Pregnancy Induced Venous Hum Treated by Ligation of the Internal Jugular Vein

  • 1Department of Otolaryngology, Inje University College of Medicine, Seoul Paik Hospital, Seoul, Korea. paikent@kornet.net


The patient with pulsatile tinnitus can bo annoying and the tinnitus can be the only clue to a potentially devastating and life-threatening disease, too. This tinnitus may originate from the arterial, arteriovenous, venous vessels and the myoclonus. Occasionally it is the cause of underlying condition in increased flow volume such as anemia, hyperthyroidism, pregnancy, medication or increased intracranial pressure. And then control of these underlying condition is important treatment in those occasions. If anyone suffered from venous pulsatile tinnitus, then simple ligation of the internal jugular vein could be the simplest treatment. Recently the authors experienced a case of 28-year-old woman with left pulsatile tinnitus originating from venous hum. The tinnitus had developed at fourth month of pregnancy and persisted after 20 months of delivery. The patient was treated by ligation of the internal jugular vein in local anesthesia. The proper ligation site was decided by angiography. She remains free of symptoms and complications 7 months after treatment.


Tinnitus-pulsatile; Pregnancy; Veins; Ligation
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