Cavernous sinus thrombosis as a cause of unilateral blindness

Ann Ophthalmol. 1982 Jun;14(6):569-74.


Cavernous sinus thrombosis (CST) rarely causes blindness. It is sometimes difficult to differentiate clinically from a severe orbital cellulitis. We studied a case of CST that evolved from osteomyelitis and orbital cellulitis in a patient who had a rapid loss of vision to the level of no light perception. Detailed clinical and electrophysiologic tests were performed to pinpoint the cause of blindness.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Blindness / etiology*
  • Cavernous Sinus*
  • Cellulitis / diagnosis
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Optic Nerve Diseases / diagnosis
  • Orbital Diseases / diagnosis
  • Sinus Thrombosis, Intracranial / complications*
  • Sinus Thrombosis, Intracranial / diagnosis