Cerebral Venous Sinus Thrombosis in a Young Female Misdiagnosed as Migraine Ending in a Permanent Vegetative State

A Case Report and Review of the Literature

Sana Alshurafa; Wadiah Alfilfil; Ayah Alshurafa; Khadijah Alhashim


J Med Case Reports. 2018;12(323) 

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Patients with cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST) have variable presentations, especially early in the disease; 90% of them may present with migraine-like headache only that make them vulnerable to being misdiagnosed. This delay in diagnosis may result in worsening of the patient's condition and makes it more difficult for them to be managed.

In the present study, we report the tragic case of a young healthy, recently married female, who sadly ended up in a permanent vegetative state. We believe that reporting cases with many pitfalls in diagnosis and management has important educational values in terms of increasing physicians' awareness about this uncommon medical condition. We have also review the literature on the recent advances in the therapeutic approaches to cerebral venous thrombosis (CVT).