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VOLUME 16 , ISSUE 4 ( October, 2012 ) > List of Articles


Cerebral venous thrombosis presenting as multiple lower cranial nerve palsies

N. Byju, James Jose, K. Saifudheen, V. Abdul Gafoor, P. Jithendranath

Keywords : Cerebral venous thrombosis, lower cranial nerve palsies, magnetic resonance imaging

Citation Information : Byju N, Jose J, Saifudheen K, Gafoor VA, Jithendranath P. Cerebral venous thrombosis presenting as multiple lower cranial nerve palsies. Indian J Crit Care Med 2012; 16 (4):213-215.

DOI: 10.4103/0972-5229.106505

License: CC BY-ND 3.0

Published Online: 01-01-2016

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2012; The Author(s).


Cerebral venous thrombosis (CVT) is a well-recognized entity, but its clinical presentation is varied and often mimics many neurological disorders, making it a diagnostic challenge. Cerebral venous thrombosis has a wide spectrum of signs and symptoms, which may evolve suddenly or over weeks. It mimics many neurological conditions such as meningitis, encephalopathy, idiopathic intracranial hypertension, and stroke. Cerebral venous thrombosis presenting as multiple lower cranial nerve palsies, are rarely reported. We describe a pregnant lady who presented with sensorineural deafness of the right ear and paralysis of the 9 th, 10 th, and 12 th cranial nerves on the right side. She was diagnosed to have thrombosis of the right transverse sinus and sigmoid sinus with extension to the jugular vein and confluence of sinuses. She improved with anticoagulant treatment.

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