Our surgeons are among the most experienced in the world in treating an array of neurosurgical conditions.
Read about our surgical team >
Sinus thrombosis is a rare type of blood clot found within the dural venous sinuses. The condition is often difficult to diagnose because symptoms vary from person to person depending on the location of the clot.
There are three types of sinus thrombosis:
UPMC neurosurgeons may recommend a combination of surgical and nonsurgical approaches to treating sinus thrombosis.
Your doctor will perform a physical exam and ask you about any symptoms you are experiencing. These symptoms may include:
Your doctor also may want you to have imaging studies to confirm the diagnosis. These tests will include:
Clot removal using catheters and other specialized equipment, antibiotics, and anticoagulation drugs are the main methods used to treat sinus thrombosis.
Your physician may recommend one or a combination of these treatments.
High doses of intravenous antibiotics may be used to stop the spread of infection if it is identified as the source of the problem.
People are usually placed on intravenous antibiotics for a minimum of three weeks, because the clot often resists penetration of the antibiotics.
People with severe symptoms caused by sinus thrombosis can be treated by an endovascular procedure in order to mechanically open the sinus or with the use of medications called thrombolitics.
Some patients may need a ventricular peritoneal shunt procedure to keep the intracranial pressure normalized.
How can we help you?
Schedule anappointment >
Ask a question >
Request our expertopinion >
1-877-986-9862(within the U.S.)
Affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences
Supplemental content provided by
A.D.A.M. Health Solutions. All rights reserved.
For help in finding a doctor or health service that suits your needs, call the UPMC Referral Service at 412-647-UPMC (8762) or 1-800-533-UPMC (8762). Select option 1.
UPMC is an equal opportunity employer. UPMC policy prohibits discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, sex, genetics, sexual orientation, marital status, familial status, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected group status. Further, UPMC will continue to support and promote equal employment opportunity, human dignity, and racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity. This policy applies to admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in UPMC programs and activities. This commitment is made by UPMC in accordance with federal, state, and/or local laws and regulations.
Medical information made available on UPMC.com is not intended to be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. You should not rely entirely on this information for your health care needs. Ask your own doctor or health care provider any specific medical questions that you have. Further, UPMC.com is not a tool to be used in the case of an emergency. If an emergency arises, you should seek appropriate emergency medical services.
For UPMC Mercy Patients: As a Catholic hospital, UPMC Mercy abides by the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services, as determined by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. As such, UPMC Mercy neither endorses nor provides medical practices and/or procedures that contradict the moral teachings of the Roman Catholic Church.
Pittsburgh, PA, USA UPMC.com