Cytomegalovirus-associated cerebral sinus vein thrombosis

J Med Virol. 2012 Dec;84(12):1934-6. doi: 10.1002/jmv.23424.


Cytomegalovirus (CMV)-associated thrombosis has been reported many times in the medical literature, and most patients had deep vein thrombosis and/or pulmonary embolism. CMV-associated cerebral sinus vein thrombosis has been reported only twice. We present an immunocompetent patient with CMV-associated cerebral sinus vein thrombosis and no other thrombosis risk factors. This is another example of the pro-thrombotic features of CMV. Physicians should be alert for symptoms and signs of acute CMV infection in patients with thrombosis.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Acute Disease
  • Aged
  • Brain / diagnostic imaging
  • Brain / virology
  • Cerebral Veins / pathology*
  • Cerebral Veins / virology
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Pressure
  • Cytomegalovirus / isolation & purification*
  • Cytomegalovirus / pathogenicity
  • Cytomegalovirus Infections / complications*
  • Fever / virology
  • Humans
  • Immunocompetence
  • Male
  • Radiography
  • Sinus Thrombosis, Intracranial / etiology
  • Sinus Thrombosis, Intracranial / virology*
  • Spinal Puncture / methods