Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Cavernous Sinus Thrombosis Overview

What is cavernous sinus thrombosis?
A person with cavernous sinus thrombosis has developed a blood clot within the cavernous sinus. The cavernous sinus is a collection of thin-walled veins inside the skull, right behind the eye sockets and nose. Cavernous sinus thrombosis is a very serious, but rare condition that usually occurs as a complication of another condition.

What are the symptoms of cavernous sinus thrombosis?
Symptoms of cavernous sinus thrombosis include headache, eye pain, vision impairment, double vision, facial swelling and swelling around the eyes.

How does the doctor treat cavernous sinus thrombosis?
Treatment of cavernous sinus thrombosis is surgical.

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Last Updated: Feb 7, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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