Investigating suspected cerebral venous thrombosisBMJ 2007; 334 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39154.636968.47 (Published 12 April 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:794
- R Smith, specialist registrar,
- M D Hourihan, consultant neuroradiologist
- University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff CF14 4XW
- Correspondence to: M D Hourihan
A previously well 22 year old woman presented acutely to the accident and emergency department with collapse after several days of insidious onset headache. No focal neurological signs were seen, but she was sleepy, with generalised apathy. The remainder of the clinical examination was normal. As the patient's father had factor V Leiden deficiency, she was referred for imaging to detect cerebral venous thrombosis.
Imaging plays a key role in diagnosing cerebral venous thrombosis, a condition that can be mimicked by several other neurological entities
Prompt diagnosis and anticoagulation affects patients' outcome
Diagnostic imaging of cerebral venous thrombosis depends on which modality is readily available, and local experience in image interpretation
CT venography is a sensitive, quick investigation that can be performed immediately after unenhanced CT, reducing time to diagnosis and treatment
What tests should I order?
Cerebral venous thrombosis is an uncommon but important diagnosis, as it is potentially reversible when promptly recognised and treated. Diagnosing this condition, which accounts for <1% of …