Dural sinus thrombosis identified by point-of-care ultrasound

Clin Exp Emerg Med. 2018 Sep;5(3):199-203. doi: 10.15441/ceem.17.237. Epub 2018 Sep 30.


Dural sinus thrombosis (DST), or cerebral venous thrombosis, is an uncommon cause of stroke. It has a variable presentation, and the symptoms and signs can be non-specific. The diagnosis of DST can be difficult to make and is often delayed or missed. Computed tomography venography or magnetic resonance venography are the typical imaging modalities used to diagnose DST. However, computed tomography venography and magnetic resonance venography both have limitation for emergency department patients. In this article, we report the use of point-of-care ultrasound to facilitate the diagnosis of DST.

Keywords: Diagnostic imaging; Emergencies; Stroke; Thrombosis.