A 38 year old female presented with a sudden onset, severe occipital headache with vomiting, dizziness and blurred vision. The patient had just finished steroid treatment for a chest infection and was on the combined oral contraceptive pill. The patient demonstrated no focal neurology with normal visual acuity/fundoscopy.An un-enhanced CT, performed 10 hours after the initial symptoms and a CT venogram was subsequently performed.These images are gven below.



What is the most likely diagnosis?


ANSWER

Deep venous sinus thrombosis

The un-enhanced CT(upper image) demonstrates increased attenuation within the straight sinus, vein of Galen.
Lower Image demonstrates the filling defects within the vein of Galen,straight sinus and superior sagittal sinus on a CT venogram sagittal reconstruction.

This patient was female, had just finished steroid treatment after a chest infection and was on the combined oral contraceptive pill, all risk factors for venous sinus thrombosis.
The appearance of venous sinus thrombosis on un-enhanced CT is high attenuation secondary to thrombus formation, with corresponding filling defects on CT venogram as demonstrated in this case.

A differential for hyper-attenuation of the un-enhanced venous sinuses is elevated levels of haematocrit (Eg:secondary to polycythaemia ). Children also have higher haematocrit levels and a lower brain density often causing a hyper-dense appearance of the sinuses.Another differential is partial volume effects due to the proximity of the cerebral venous sinuses to bony structures. For both of these differentials, there should not be a corresponding filling defect on a CT venogram.

The venous sinuses can be separated into the deep cerebral veins comprising the straight sinus, internal cerebral veins and the vein of Galen, and the cerebral venous sinuses comprising the sigmoid, transverse and superior sagittal sinuses. High attenuation in the deep cerebral veins on un-enhanced CT has been shown to be 100% sensitive and 99.4% specific for deep venous sinus thrombosis. 

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26 comments

  1. rasamij Says:
  2. cerebral venous thrombosis

     
  3. Anonymous Says:
  4. Subarachnoid hemorrhage?

     
  5. Anonymous Says:
  6. maybe aneurisma bleeding?

     
  7. Anonymous Says:
  8. benign intracranial hypertension or superior sagital sinus thrombosis

     
  9. sidiya Says:
  10. subarachoid hemorrhage

     
  11. Anonymous Says:
  12. great cerebral vein thrombosis

     
  13. abdulaziz Says:
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  15. dr. solat Says:
  16. SAH?

     
  17. Anonymous Says:
  18. cerebral venous thrombosis

     
  19. Anonymous Says:
  20. Cerebral venous thrombosis

     
  21. cerebral venous thrombosis

     
  22. Anonymous Says:
  23. cerebral vein sinus
    thrombosis

     
  24. Anonymous Says:
  25. Pseudotumor Cerebri

     
  26. doc sam Says:
  27. SAH

     
  28. Mohammed Says:
  29. VEOUS SINUS THROMBOSIS

     
  30. Shannon Yi Says:
  31. venous infarction d/t straight sinus venous thrombosis

     
  32. Gerry Says:
  33. SAH

     
  34. ?cord sign

     
  35. RORO Says:
  36. subarachnoid haemorrhage

     
  37. Anonymous Says:
  38. it is something cause an increased intra cranial pressure. SAH?? How i can know the answer?)

     
  39. ME Says:
  40. This comment has been removed by the author.  
  41. ME Says:
  42. This comment has been removed by the author.  
  43. Anonymous Says:
  44. cerebral haeamorrhage !!

     
  45. Anonymous Says:
  46. fibromuscular dysplasia

     
  47. JRG Says:
  48. Cerebral Venous Thrombosis.

     
  49. Cerebral venous sinus thrombosis

     

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