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Dr. Ann Murchison
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Cavernous Sinus Thrombosis (Overview)

A formation of a blood clot within the large vein at the base of the brain. Typically related to infection, but may be spontaneous. The symptoms include severe headache, blurred vision and orbital swelling, double vision.


Dr. Ann Murchison
49 doctors shared insights

Cavernous Sinus Thrombosis (Overview)

A formation of a blood clot within the large vein at the base of the brain. Typically related to infection, but may be spontaneous. The symptoms include severe headache, blurred vision and orbital swelling, double vision.


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What are the tests for cavernous sinus thrombosis?

What are the tests for cavernous sinus thrombosis?

Brain scans: Usually this is diagnosed by a cat scan or MRI of the brain, either of which would be quite accurate in diagnosis this condition. ...Read more

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Treating Deep Vein Thrombosis (Checklist)

Stay as active as you can
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Follow your doctor's anticoagulation recommendations
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Elevate your leg, if possible
Daily
Ask your doctor if you have a genetic predisposition
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How does having cavernous sinus thrombosis change things?

How does having cavernous sinus thrombosis change things?

Might and might not: Cavernous sinus thrombosis can cause many symptoms such as headaches, blurred vision, cranial nerve dysfunction and other problems. Some persons will have almost no symptoms. Hopefully when the thrombosis resolves, there will be no additional difficulties. ...Read more

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My father was diagnosed with cavernous sinus thrombosis. Should I be worried for him?

My father was diagnosed with cavernous sinus thrombosis. Should I be worried for him?

Yes: Cavernous sinus thrombosis is often a complication of infection elsewhere in the head, sinuses or orbit of the eye. It can be extremely severe and life-threatening if not managed quickly and appropriately. It is an uncommon condition and one should be certain of the diagnosis since other conditions may mimic this. ...Read more

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What are the tests for cavernous sinus thrombosis?

Brain scans: Usually this is diagnosed by a cat scan or MRI of the brain, either of which would be quite accurate in diagnosis this condition. ...Read more

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If I have cavernous sinus thrombosis wouldn't I know it by now?Ct scan in July showed sinus infection.had eye pain & stillhave dialited blood vessels

If I have cavernous sinus thrombosis wouldn't I know it by now?Ct scan in July showed sinus infection.had eye pain & stillhave dialited blood vessels

Need to be under: oculoplastics, orbital surgery management so don't lose vision. You should know it by now, and should be followed closely. Do you have an interventional radiologist on consult in your case? This is not to be taken lightly and make sure you have the experts managing your care carefully. Is ENT helping manage your sinusitis? This involves so many specialists for best outcome. Good luck! ...Read more

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Which treatments for cavernous sinus thrombosis are most cost-effective?

Which treatments for cavernous sinus thrombosis are most cost-effective?

Life-threatening: Cavernous sinus thrombosis is a life-threatening medical condition requiring heroic efforts to save the patient. It is a blood clot in a vein at the base of the brain caused by bacterial infection. It requires intravenous antibiotics administered in an intensive care setting. Sometimes surgery is required to save the life. Cost cannot be contained in this situation. ...Read more

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Amanda Xi Dr. Xi
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Is there a cure for cavernous sinus thrombosis?

Amanda Xi Dr. Xi
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Is there a cure for cavernous sinus thrombosis?

Yes: Most cases of cavernous sinus thrombosis are due to infection by a bacteria called staph aureus (70%), so antibiotics (high dose iv) are the first line of treatment and are highly effective. Sometime, surgery is needed to drain the infection. ...Read more

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What is cavernous sinus thrombosis and can you get rid of it?

1. Clots, 2. Yes: Blood clots occurring in a venous complex in the skull basis constituting the cavernous, do arise from a variety of causes. Symptoms can include protruding eyeball, double vision, blinds, headache, "dizziness", stroke and death. If not dead, antithrombotic agents or other anticoagulants can speed reversal of the clot, which often may resolve spontaneously. ...Read more

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Cavernous sinus thrombosis risk from picking at sore in nose and making it bleed?

Cavernous sinus thrombosis risk from picking at sore in nose and making it bleed?

Zero: Unless you are highly prone to blood clots (genetic, severe dehydration, oral contraceptives), the risk of cavernous sinus thrombosis from what you are considering is close to zero. ...Read more

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Help docs! my friend has cavernous sinus thrombosis?

Help docs! my friend has cavernous sinus thrombosis?

Cavernous sinus thro: Cavernous sinus thrombosis is situation where large draining veins at the base of the brain have become clotted. The severity of disease is related to much thrombosis has occurred. In the more severe cases it can be treated with drugs that help prevent the clots from forming. ...Read more

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What is cavernous sinus thrombosis?

Clotting in a vein: This is a situation where a large series of veins at the base of the skull, just behind the eyes clot off and block blood flow out of the brain. This can lead to a stroke, prominent eye(x) and it is a serious condition. ...Read more

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Amanda Xi Dr. Xi
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What is a cavernous sinus thrombosis?

Amanda Xi Dr. Xi
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Blood clot: Cavernous sinus thrombosis is when a blood clot is in the cavernous sinus [which is a cavity at the base of the brain a vein, nerves and other structures]. It is usually caused by a bacterial infection that has spread and can be treated with antibiotics. ...Read more

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What are the tests for cavernous sinus thrombosis?

Brain scans: Usually this is diagnosed by a cat scan or MRI of the brain, either of which would be quite accurate in diagnosis this condition. ...Read more

Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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Sinus (Definition)

In anatomy, a sinus is a cavity within a bone or other tissue. Most commonly found in the bones of the face and connecting with the nasal cavities. Sinus (anatomy), description of the general term paranasal sinuses, air cavities in the cranial bones, especially those near the nose, including: the maxillary sinuses, also called the maxillary antra and the largest of the ...Read more


Blood Clot (Definition)

A blood clot or thrombus is the final step of the coagulation cascade. It is a good thing when your body is trying to stop blood loss, however a blood clot can form in the veins after prolonged periods of immobility. This type of like ...Read more