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Audiology and Speech Research 2018;14(1): 55-58.
Published online: January 31, 2018.
doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.21848/asr.2018.14.1.55
젊은 고도비만 여성에서 발생한 특발성 두개내고혈압 기원의 박동성 이명 1예
남의철1,2, 유윤종2
1강원대학교 의학전문대학원 이비인후과학교실
2강원대학교병원 이비인후과
A Case of Pulsatile Tinnitus Caused by Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension in the Female Obese Patient
Eui-Cheol Nam1,2, Yoon-Jong Ryu2
1Department of Otolaryngology, College of Medicine, Kangwon National University, Chuncheon, Korea
2Department of Otolaryngology, Kangwon National University Hospital, Chuncheon, Korea
Correspondence  Yoon-Jong Ryu ,Tel: +82-33-258-2311 , Fax: +82-33-258-9486 , Email: skyland17@gmail.com
Received: January 4, 2018; Revised: January 12, 2018   Accepted: January 13, 2018.  Published online: January 31, 2018.
Tinnitus is a common but troublesome symptom that often interferes with daily life and its treatment has not yet been established. However, pulsatile tinnitus can be cured in most cases when the related anatomical or functional cause is removed. Idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH) commonly manifests with headache, nausea, vomiting, pulsatile tinnitus and diplopia, while no structural lesion or vascular abnormality is identified in the intracranial cavity.
We discuss a case of a 23-year-old woman who complained of pulsatile tinnitus by IIH and was successfully treated with carbonic anhydrase inhibitor (acetazolamide).
In Korea, incidence of IIH-induced pulsatile tinnitus is low, which might be due to the fact that high degree obesity is not common compared with western countries. Particular caution is necessary because the diagnostic work-up for pulsatile tinnitus in Korea may not routinely include screening for IIH-related symptoms and signs.
We therefore report this case with a review of existing literature.
Key Words: Tinnitus, Idiopathic intracranial hypertension, Obesity.
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