Cavernous sinus thrombosis revisited

Proc R Soc Med. 1977 Jul;70(7):456-9.


In summary, cavernous sinus thrombosis is still with us. Patients now survive the disease more often than not, and therapy and diagnosis are reasonably clear cut. An increasing array of antibiotic-resistant bacteria have been balanced by an increasing army of antibiotics. The controversy over anticoagulation has not changed since reviewed by Parsons (1967). Ancillary measures remain more of value in diagnosis than in therapy. It is a disease primarily diagnosed by physical signs and symptoms, which requires prompt treatment. In our modern age of computerization and laboratory-based medical care, cavernous sinus thrombosis demands the diagnostic skill of the clinician, whose prompt ministrations should usually yield a favourable result.

Publication types

  • Historical Article

MeSH terms

  • Cavernous Sinus*
  • Cellulitis / diagnosis
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • History, 19th Century
  • History, 20th Century
  • Humans
  • Orbital Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • Sinus Thrombosis, Intracranial* / diagnosis
  • Sinus Thrombosis, Intracranial* / history
  • Sinus Thrombosis, Intracranial* / therapy