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Septic dural sinus thrombosis

Frederick S Southwick, MD
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Stephen B Calderwood, MD
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Anna R Thorner, MD


Septic dural sinus thrombosis is an uncommon disease with only several hundred cases reported in the English medical literature during the antibiotic era. Since this disorder is rare, each clinician is likely to encounter only one or a few cases during his or her career. The combination of lack of familiarity and the myriad of potential symptoms and signs often leads to misinterpretation of the clinical manifestations. Delay in both diagnosis and treatment are the rule.

Dural sinus thrombosis encompasses three basic syndromes:

Cavernous sinus thrombosis

Lateral sinus thrombosis

Superior sagittal sinus thrombosis


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