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Cerebral Venous Thrombosis of Cavernous Sinus

Last updated May 17, 2018

Approved by: Krish Tangella MD, MBA, FCAP

Cavernous Sinus Thrombosis is a serious, rare, life-threatening condition in which blood clots are formed in one of the structures in the skull, called the cavernous sinus.


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  • Cavernous Sinus Thrombosis is a serious, rare, life-threatening condition in which blood clots are formed in one of the structures in the skull, called the cavernous sinus
  • The cavernous sinus is a hollow space situated at the bottom of the brain, behind each eye socket). The cavernous sinuses drain venous (deoxygenated) blood from the facial veins
  • Bacterial infection from the sinuses, teeth, ears, eyes, nose, or skin of the face is the main cause of Cavernous Sinus Thrombosis. Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus are the main organisms responsible for this infection
  • The common signs and symptoms of Cavernous Sinus Thrombosis include severe headaches, pain in the eyes, red eyes, involuntary movements of the eyes, and vision abnormalities. The condition may be diagnosed through a complete physical exam, CT scan or MRI scan of the brain
  • Intravenous antibiotics are the mainstay of treatment. However, the prognosis of Cavernous Sinus Thrombosis is poor with and the condition is known to have a high mortality rate

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First uploaded: June 4, 2017
Last updated: May 17, 2018