Just diagnosed with cavernous sinus thrombosis. Had many questions on the way home but doctor is gone now. Can you tell me about the condition?

V. serious condition. Usually due to infection of ethnoid sphenoid or maxillary sinuses or skin around the eyes/nose. There is obstruction of the ophthalmic veins leading to proptosis (bulging of the eyes) and edema of the lids. There may be vision loss, loss of eye movement and pain around the eye. Pts require high dose IV antibiotic. If diabetic need to r/o mucormycosis and orbital cellulitis.

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Severe headache, blurry vision, stiff neck. Ct scan normal. ER doc felt confident. Could A CT scan have missed a cavernous sinus thrombosis?

Unlikely . Clinical suspicion comes first ,then confirmation or ruling it out by imaging studies comes second. There are signs for cavernous sinus thrombosis that you don't have and that's why the ER doctor felt confident not to go this route. These days, or even earlier, cases are very rare, and your symptoms are still common to other common problems, have a second opinion if you wish, good luck . Read more...
It depends. on the technical parameters of the scan. If it was performed without IV contrast or performed as a "routine" head CT not specifically tailored to look for cavernous sinus thrombosis, yes. CST is a clinical diagnosis, so if there was no clinical suspicion, there would be no reason to tailor the CT scan. Read more...

I am scared I have cavernous sinus thrombosis because I picked my nose and now I have head pain. Thoughts?

No risk, no worries. Cavernous sinus thrombosis is an extremely rare problem and it doesn't result from picking one's nose. There must be a hundred more likely causes of your pain, most of them not serious. Of course see your doctor if it continues or becomes severe, or if you otherwise remain concerned. Best wishes! Read more...

What sort of disease is cavernous sinus thrombosis?

Cavernous sinus clot. Cavernous sinus thrombosis is a blood clot in the cavernous sinus, usu from infection. Symptoms of bulging eyes, droopy eyelids, headache, vision loss, eye muscle weakness. Read more...
Clotting. Thrombosis of the cavernous sinus is a condition where a significant outflow channel at the base of the skull is blocked. This can occur due to a variety of causes including infection, tumor and trauma to name a few. Clinical and radiographic evaluation is usually necessary for proper diagnosis and treatment planning. Read more...

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...

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...

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

Wha....? This is a serious issue, so need to not cut corners on cost. You can save money on many things, but you get one body one time, do what needs to be done in order to obtain proper care. If you can't figure it out, talk with social worker about options. Read more...
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...

I'm a teen. How will having cavernous sinus thrombosis mess up my health later in life?

Do not know. Without knowing whether it produced neurologic changes, whether it was unilateral or bilateral, whether other intracranial sinuses were also involved, what the underlying cause and the bacterial etiology it is difficult to predict long-term effects. Read more...