What is it about?

The article reports a case of cerebral venous sinus thrombosis as a complication of postpartum period. The patient had a c-section done under subarachnoid anesthesia. After the hospitalization the patient was readmitted to the hospital due to severe headache and tingling sensation of her right thigh. CT scan and MRI revealed thrombi in cerebral veins. The diagnosis of CVST was made.

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Why is it important?

This case report outlines that pregnancy, postpartum, lumbar puncture and surgery (including c-section) are important risk factors of CVST. Every pregnant women should be examined by the physician in order to exclude CVST, especially when risk factors are present.


I hope this article may be helpful to the physicians in order to make a quick diagnosis of CVST in obstetricial patients.

Wojciech Koziołek
Jagiellonian University Medical College

Case reports are an essential source of knowledge for both medical students and practicing physicians - I hope we managed to outline all the most important issues connected to the CVST during pregnancy in the most accessible way.

Łucja Zaborowska
Jagiellonia University Collegium Medicum

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This page is a summary of: Cerebral venous sinus thrombosis viewed as a postpartum complication, British Journal of Midwifery, January 2021, Mark Allen Group, DOI: 10.12968/bjom.2021.29.1.52.
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