Clinical Case Database / Category: Patient Management

Cerebral venous sinus thrombosis

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Dr Katharine Warburton, Dr Victoria Stokes
Foundation Years Journal, volume 5, issue 4, p.5 (123Doc Education, London, May 2011)


Headache is a very common complaint encountered by junior doctors. Cerebral venous sinus thrombosis is an important pathology to consider as early recognition and prompt treatment improve outcome. The case described here illustrates the importance of a thorough history and examination, with further discussion around investigation and management.

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Dr Katharine Warburton

Year 1 Core Medical Trainee (Neurology), Oxford
Radcliffe Hospitals

Dr Victoria Stokes

Year 2 Core Medical Trainee (Neurology), Oxford Radcliffe


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2. Ameri A, Bousser MG (1992). Cerebral venous sinus thrombosis. Neurol Clin 10:87–111.
3. Einhaupl K, Bousser MG, de Bruijn SF, et al (2006). EFNS guideline on the treatment of cerebral venous and sinus thrombosis. Eur J Neurol 13(6):553–9.


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