It is one of the causes of pulsatile tinnitus and is a common cause of a retrotympanic vascular mass. Clearly, if it is mistaken for a middle ear tumour and biopsied, then the consequences can be disasterous (as is biopsying an aberrant internal carotid artery).
- given the often turbulent flow within the jugular bulb, signal on MRI can be confusing.
- the presence of the sigmoid plate can only be ascertained on CT.
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