What are the signs and symptoms of cerebral venous thrombosis (CVT) in pregnant and postpartum women?

Updated: Aug 20, 2019
  • Author: Carmel Armon, MD, MSc, MHS; Chief Editor: Stephen A Berman, MD, PhD, MBA  more...
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In the pregnant patient, cerebral venous thrombosis (CVT) is as common a cause of stroke as cerebral ischemia or cerebral hemorrhage is. [12] CVT is often encountered after delivery. The main symptoms and findings are headache, stroke in a venous distribution, or both. The clinical challenges are as follows:

  • To identify CVT in patients presenting with headache alone before it progresses

  • To recognize CVT as the correct cause of stroke in a patient presenting in the peripartum period

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