How is cerebral venous thrombosis (CVT) treated during pregnancy?

Updated: Aug 20, 2019
  • Author: Carmel Armon, MD, MSc, MHS; Chief Editor: Stephen A Berman, MD, PhD, MBA  more...
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Cerebral venous thrombosis (CVT) can cause symptoms of focal dysfunction that mimic those of ischemic stroke. Because of the hypercoagulable state during pregnancy, CVT is more common at this time than at others. The postpartum period has the highest risk for CVT. One study demonstrated that the risk of intracranial venous thrombosis was 11.66 cases per 100,000 deliveries. [72] Treatment of CVT usually consists of anticoagulation and close monitoring. [75]


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