Neurological and cognitive long-term outcome in patients with cerebral venous sinus thrombosis
Article first published online: 23 APR 2003
Acta Neurologica Scandinavica
Volume 107, Issue 5, pages 330–335, May 2003
How to Cite
Buccino, G., Scoditti, U., Patteri, I., Bertolino, C. and Mancia, D. (2003), Neurological and cognitive long-term outcome in patients with cerebral venous sinus thrombosis. Acta Neurologica Scandinavica, 107: 330–335. doi: 10.1034/j.1600-0404.2003.00031.x
- Issue published online: 23 APR 2003
- Article first published online: 23 APR 2003
- Accepted for publication August 13, 2002
- cerebral venous sinus thrombosis;
- long-term outcome;
- cognitive assessment;
- functional evaluation
Objectives – The main aim of the present study was to assess long-term neurological and cognitive outcome in patients with cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST).
Methods – We re-investigated by means of a face to face interview all patients with a confirmed diagnosis of CVST, collected at our Department over the years 1990–2000. During the interview the presence of headache, epileptic seizures, visual deficits and a new episode following the first occurrence of CVST were checked. Moreover all patients underwent a neurological examination, a functional evaluation, a cognitive assessment to rule out aphasia, apraxia and working memory deficits. Depression of mood was also investigated.
Results – On the whole 34 patients entered the study: 10 patients referred episodic headache following the disease. In three cases epileptic seizures were present. A new event occurred in only one patient. Four patients showed pyramidal signs, in two cases visual deficits were present. All patients had no functional disability. We found a mild non-fluent aphasia in three patients, working memory deficits in six patients and depression of mood in six cases.
Conclusion – The present study demonstrates a good neurological and cognitive long-term outcome in patients with CVST.