Neurosurgical Causes of Pulsatile Tinnitus

Neurosurgery 90:161–169, 2022

Traditionally in the domain of the otolaryngologist, pulsatile tinnitus (PT) has become increasingly relevant to neurosurgeons.

PT may prove to be a harbinger of life-threatening pathology; however, often, it is a marker of a more benign process.

Irrespectively, the neurosurgeon should be familiar with the many potential etiologies of this unique and challenging patient population.

In this review, we discuss the myriad causes of PT, categorized by pulse-phase rhythmicity.