[Value of CT-angiography in diagnosis of cerebral sinus and venous thromboses]

Radiologe. 1996 Nov;36(11):859-66. doi: 10.1007/s001170050152.
[Article in German]


Dural sinus thrombosis is not uncommon. Due to the nonspecific symptomatology, as well as the manifold etiology, clinical diagnosis may be difficult. In these cases imaging procedures are frequently crucial in deciding how to proceed and how to treat. The aim of our study was to evaluate the diagnostic utility of helical CT in the detection of dural sinus thrombosis. In 20 patients with clinically suspected thrombosis CT angiography was performed. In 6 patients dural sinus thrombosis was diagnosed. In order to acquire also arterial vessels, a short delay of about 22 s after the onset of the application of contrast medium was selected. By this method we found an occlusion of the MCA in two patients with clinically suspected sinus thrombosis. In all patients the transverse slices and the multiplanar reconstructions showed filling defects or an "empty delta" sign. With irregular outlines the thrombus could be depicted over the complete course of the sinus. The MIP reconstructions were particularly helpful in the evaluation of the vessel anatomy and the pathological collateral venous drainage. In three patients MR angiograms were available for comparison. The smaller veins, such as the v. vermis inferior, were less clearly depicted than in CT angiography. CT angiography is a fast and reliable method to exclude or verify a sinus thrombosis. It can be performed immediately after non-enhanced CT. According to our present experience CT angiography is sufficient for the diagnosis of a sinus thrombosis.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Cerebral Angiography / methods*
  • Cerebral Veins / diagnostic imaging
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Image Processing, Computer-Assisted
  • Intracranial Embolism and Thrombosis / diagnostic imaging*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Sensitivity and Specificity
  • Sinus Thrombosis, Intracranial / diagnostic imaging*
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed / methods*