Clinical profile of postpartum cerebral venous thrombosis

Umesh G. Rajoor, Seema B. N.


Background: Pregnancy and puerperium are most prevalent prothrombotic states leading to cerebral venous thrombosis (CVT). Pregnancy induces several changes in coagulation system, which persists at least during early puerperium, rendering it a prothrombotic state. The objective of the study was to study the clinical profile of postpartum CVT.

Methods: A total of 32 consecutive patients admitted in medicine and obstetrics and gynecology ward between April 2012 and March 2015 with radiologically confirmed diagnosis of CVT were included in the study. Detailed history, clinical examination, and laboratory investigations were carried out in all the cases.

Results: Out of 32 patients of CVT studied, the age of patients varied from 18 to 40 years. Maximum incidence was seen in 21-30 age group comprising 74% of the cases, with mean age being 25.5 years. Two-third of the patients belongs to the low socio-economic class. The majority of them had subacute presentation with the headache in 93.75%, followed by altered sensorium (90.6%) and convulsions (75%) being the most common presenting symptoms. Radiologically the most common finding noted was hemorrhagic infarction (85.3%), followed by non-hemorrhagic infarction (15.7%).

Conclusions: Pregnancy and puerperium are most prevalent prothrombotic states leading to CVT.


Cerebral venous thrombosis, Prothrombotic, Puerperium

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