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Pulsatile Tinnitus 

Most people have experienced some kind of unexplained sound deep in the ear at some point in their lives. You hear it for a little while and then it usually goes away. But what about when it doesn't stop? If it's a rushing beat you're hearing, you might have pulsatile tinnitus (PT). PT has many causes, including vascular abnormalities and cerebral pressure.  

PT can be maddening for those who suffer from it--difficult to diagnose, unrelenting--and it sometimes indicates a much larger serious health problem.

The UCSF Pulsatile Tinnitus Clinic, co-directed by UCSF Imaging's Matthew Amans, MD, takes a multidisciplinary approach involving specialists from the Departments of Radiology, Neurology, and Psychiatry who collaborate to diagnose and treat today's patients, and further study PT to help future patients. 

Simple, rapid referral processes
The UCSF Pulsatile Tinnitus Clinic makes referrals easy. Referring physicians can contact the office directly at  (415) 353-1863, or patients may self-refer using the UCSF second opinion portal
Meet the Co-Directors of the Pulsatile Tinnitus Team

The UCSF Pulsatile Tinnitus Clinic brings together the expertise of physicians and researchers from a wide variety of fields. Working together, they explore root causes of each patient's PT and marshal the resources to resolve the issue safely and rapidly. The Clinic has an 80% success rate. Read one patient's story of triumphing over PT here.

Matthew Amans, MD
Dr. Amans's clinical focus is on the treatment of acute stroke, cerebral aneurysms and other vascular anomalies, and the use of directed chemotherapy for cerebral tumors, including pediatric retinoblastoma. His interest in pulsatile tinnitus led him to found and serve as co-director of the UCSF Pulsatile Tinnitus Clinic.
Karl Meisel, MD
In addition to his role as co-director of the UCSF Pulsatile Tinnitus Clinic, Dr. Meisel is the director of the stroke clinic in the UCSF ambulatory care center. His interests are to provide a thorough evaluation of patients with strokes from unclear causes (cryptogenic). 
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