Acute venous sinus thrombosis

Case contributed by Dr Karim Hussein


2 days of worsening headache with associated nausea and vomiting. Left sided headache made worse on bending forward.

Patient Data

Age: 20 years old
Gender: Female

Plain Brain CT shows an area of hyperdensity corresponding to the Left transverse sinus and sigmoid sinus.

CT venogram demonstrates a filling defect extending from left transverse sinus and sigmoid sinus.

Case Discussion

On plain CT imaging venous sinus thrombosis appears hyperdense.

This however can be difficult to distinguish from a normal venous sinus which normally appears slightly hyperdense compared to brain tissues.

In such cases, CT venogram can help confirm the diagnosis by demonstrating filling defects.

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Case information

rID: 50283
Published: 29th Dec 2016
Last edited: 30th Dec 2016
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