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Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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The Neurologist

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DOI: 10.1097/NRL.0000000000000390



Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is associated with significant risk of acute thrombosis. We present a case report of a patient with cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST) associated with COVID-19 and performed a literature review of CVST associated with COVID-19 cases.

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A 38-year-old woman was admitted with severe headache and acute altered mental status a week after confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19. Magnetic resonance imaging brain showed diffuse venous sinus thrombosis involving the superficial and deep veins, and diffuse edema of bilateral thalami, basal ganglia and hippocampi because of venous infarction. Her neurological exam improved with anticoagulation (AC) and was subsequently discharged home. We identified 43 patients presenting with CVST associated with COVID-19 infection. 56% were male with mean age of 51.8±18.2 years old. The mean time of CVST diagnosis was 15.6±23.7 days after onset of COVID-19 symptoms. Most patients (87%) had thrombosis of multiple dural sinuses and parenchymal changes (79%). Almost 40% had deep cerebral venous system thrombosis. Laboratory findings revealed elevated mean D-dimer level (7.14/mL±12.23 mg/L) and mean fibrinogen level (4.71±1.93 g/L). Less than half of patients had prior thrombotic risk factors. Seventeen patients (52%) had good outcomes (mRS


CVST should be in the differential diagnosis when patients present with acute neurological symptoms in this COVID pandemic. The mortality rate of CVST associated with COVID-19 can be very high, therefore, early diagnosis and prompt treatment are crucial to the outcomes of these patients.


Accepted version. The Neurologist, Vol. 27, No. 5 (September 2022): 253-262. DOI. © 2022 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc. Used with permission.

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