Cavernous sinus thrombosis is a blood clot in an area at the base of the brain.
The cavernous sinus receives blood from veins of the face and brain. The blood drains it into other blood vessels that carry it back to the heart. This area also contains nerves that control vision and eye movements.
Cavernous sinus thrombosis is most often caused by a bacterial infection that has spread from the sinuses, teeth, ears, eyes, nose, or skin of the face.
You are more likely to develop this condition if you have an increased risk of blood clots.
Cavernous sinus thrombosis is treated with high-dose antibiotics given through a vein (IV) if an infection is the cause.
Blood thinners help dissolve the blood clot and prevent it from getting worse or recurring.
Surgery is sometimes needed to drain the infection.
Rajesh Verma is in Lucknow, India. Verma is rated as an Elite expert by MediFind in the treatment of Cavernous Sinus Thrombosis. He is also highly rated in 50 other conditions, according to our data. His top areas of expertise are Cavernous Sinus Thrombosis, Tuberculous Meningitis, Meningitis, and Bacterial Meningitis.
Nicolien Van Der Kolk-Van Der Poel is in Utrecht, Netherlands. Van Der Kolk-Van Der Poel is rated as a Distinguished expert by MediFind in the treatment of Cavernous Sinus Thrombosis. They are also highly rated in 5 other conditions, according to our data. Their top areas of expertise are Orbital Cellulitis, Cavernous Sinus Thrombosis, Thrombophlebitis, and Laryngocele.
Jonathan Trobe is an Ophthalmologist and a Neurologist in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Dr. Trobe has been practicing medicine for over 54 years and is rated as a Distinguished doctor by MediFind in the treatment of Cavernous Sinus Thrombosis. He is also highly rated in 25 other conditions, according to our data. His top areas of expertise are Horner Syndrome, Cavernous Sinus Thrombosis, Papilledema, and Increased Intracranial Pressure. He is licensed to treat patients in Michigan. Dr. Trobe is currently accepting new patients.
Cavernous sinus thrombosis can lead to death if left untreated.
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Published Date : February 06, 2020
Published By : Todd Gersten, MD, Hematology/Oncology, Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute, Wellington, FL. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
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