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Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation in veterans with debilitating tinnitus: a pilot study.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18312892     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: Available evidence suggests tinnitus arises from excessive spontaneous activity in the left superior temporal gyrus, and repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) may suppress this activity. Our hypothesis is that rTMS applied to this region would decrease tinnitus complaints in veterans. STUDY DESIGN: Prospective, nonrandomized trial. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: Eight patients with tinnitus received 5 consecutive days of rTMS (0.5 Hz, 20 minutes) to the left temporoparietal area. Tinnitus Handicap Inventory (THI) measures before sessions 1 and 3 and after session 5 were used to evaluate efficacy. RESULTS: Patient 1's THI decreased 40 to 34 to 26, patient 4 reported a subjective improvement, patient 8 withdrew, and the remaining patients reported no improvement. Adverse effects included temporary soreness, restlessness, and photophobia. CONCLUSION: The parameters for this rTMS study are different from those that reported success with its use. With these current parameters, rTMS did not improve tinnitus in veterans. There were no permanent adverse outcomes.
Scott L Lee; Megan Abraham; Anthony T Cacace; Steven M Silver
Publication Detail:
Type:  Clinical Trial; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Otolaryngology--head and neck surgery : official journal of American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery     Volume:  138     ISSN:  0194-5998     ISO Abbreviation:  Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg     Publication Date:  2008 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-03-03     Completed Date:  2008-04-08     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8508176     Medline TA:  Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  398-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Division of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, Albany Medical College, Albany, NY 12208, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Middle Aged
Pilot Projects
Prospective Studies
Tinnitus / therapy*
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation*

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