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Septic thrombosis of the cavernous sinuses.

Authors
  • Ebright, J R
  • Pace, M T
  • Niazi, A F
Type
Published Article
Journal
Archives of Internal Medicine
Publisher
American Medical Association
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2001
Volume
161
Issue
22
Pages
2671–2676
Identifiers
PMID: 11732931
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Septic thrombosis of the cavernous sinuses (or cavernous sinus thrombophlebitis [CST]) is a dramatic and potentially lethal illness, which is still occasionally seen by clinicians. Before the availability of antimicrobial agents, mortality from CST was near 100%, but it markedly decreased to approximately 20% to 30% during the antibiotic era. Nevertheless, the threat of death and serious morbidity continues to necessitate early recognition, diagnosis, and treatment of CST to minimize risks to the patient. Accordingly, we reviewed the salient clinical features of this illness, with emphasis on newer aspects of diagnosis and treatment.

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