Patient information in English:
Short description of the disease:
Cerebral venous sinus thrombosis
Cerebral venous sinus thrombosis is a specific type of stroke. Stroke is most often caused by a blockage of an artery in the brain (blood vessel that carries oxygen-rich blood), but cerebral venous sinus thrombosis is caused by a blockage of a vein in the brain. Veins are blood vessels that drain oxygen-poor blood from the organs to the heart and lungs. Because of the blockage of the vein in the brain, the drainage of blood is disturbed.
Cerebral venous sinus thrombosis is a rare brain disorder that mostly affects patients aged 20 to 50 years, although children and older adults can also develop the disease. The severity of cerebral venous sinus thrombosis differs greatly per person. A severe headache is the most common complaint. Cerebral venous sinus thrombosis may also cause loss of bodily functions (such as paralysis of an arm and/or leg or speech difficulties).
For more information about cerebral venous sinus thrombosis, please find below the patient information folder about cerebral venous sinus thrombosis which was assembled by physicians from the department of Neurology of Amsterdam UMC (The Netherlands), a former patient who has suffered this disease, the Dutch Heart Foundation, and the Dutch Thrombosis Foundation.