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Sigmoid Sinus Diverticulum

Sigmoid sinus diverticulum is a rare vascular finding due to an opening in the bone at the area of the sigmoid sinus creating a pouch, or diverticulum. Sometimes, there may be associated stenosis. The diverticulum may present as pulsatile tinnitus. Several case reports have demonstrated that treatment or endovascular coiling of this diverticulum can provide relief for a patients' symptoms. 


Sigmoid sinus diverticulum can be diagnosed either by CT, CTA, MRI or MRV. Cerebral angiography provides definitive diagnosis

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Axial CT: Right sigmoid sinus diverticulum

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Venogram, showing right sigmoid sinus diverticulum

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Venogram, after coiling of the pouch, the diverticulum is closed


If no other source is found for the patient's symptoms of pulsatile tinnitus, treatment of the diverticulum via endovascular coiling, if found on the same side of the patient's symptoms, can provide relief in reducing or eliminating this sound. 

BMC Sigmoid Sinus Diverticulum Physicians

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Director, Interventional Neuroradiology and Interventional Neurology
Associate Professor of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Radiology, Boston University School of Medicine
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Special Interests: Acute stroke intervention, Cerebral aneurysms and AVMs, Carotid stenting, Dural AV fistulas, Embolization of nose bleeds and head and neck tumors, Neurocritical care, Pulsatile Tinnitus, Vasospasm, Vertebroplasty

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Assistant Professor of Radiology, Boston University School of Medicine
Interventional Neuroradiology
Special Interests: Stroke, Cerebral Aneurysms, Arteriovenous Malformations, Arteriovenous Fistula, Vertebroplasty, Pulsatile Tinnitus


1. Srinivasan Paramasivam, Sunil Furtado, Tomoyoshi Shigamatsu, Eric Smouha. Endovascular Management of Sigmoid Sinus DiverticulumInterv Neurol. 2016 Jun; 5(1-2): 76–80.