Thrombosis of the internal cerebral vein associated with transient unilateral thalamic edema: a case report and review of the literature

AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 2004 Sep;25(8):1351-5.


Thrombosis of the deep venous system presenting with bilateral thalamic infarction or edema is a common finding, but unilateral venous thrombosis presenting with unilateral thalamic edema is extremely rare. We report a case of a patient with this unusual condition presenting with nonspecific clinical signs and symptoms. CT and MR imaging revealed a unilateral thalamostriate lesion. The imaging sign that was most helpful in establishing the diagnosis, however, was the MR finding of a thrombus in a single internal cerebral vein.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Brain Edema / complications*
  • Brain Edema / diagnosis
  • Cerebral Veins* / diagnostic imaging
  • Cerebral Veins* / pathology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Thalamic Diseases / complications*
  • Thalamic Diseases / diagnosis
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed
  • Venous Thrombosis / complications*
  • Venous Thrombosis / diagnosis