Postpartum cerebral vein thrombosis confused with encephalitis: A case report
Yasemin Cakir 1 * , Nevin Ince 2, Nisa Unlu 3
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1 Ministry of Health Agri Dogubayazit Dr. Yasar Eryilmaz State Hospital, Department of Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology, Agri, Turkey2 Duzce University Faculty of Medicine, Department of Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology, Duzce, Turkey3 Duzce University Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Duzce, Turkey* Corresponding Author


Objective: Cerebral vein thrombosis (CVT) is a rare disease that can mimic many diseases with its initial form and clinical findings. CVT is seen in all age groups, but especially young women in the peripartum and postpartum period are more frequently affected.
Case: 23-year-old female patient applied to the emergency service of an external center with complaints of sudden onset of headache and change in consciousness two weeks after giving birth by cesarean section. The patient, who was admitted to the intensive care unit with a preliminary diagnosis of encephalitis after having a seizure in the emergency room she applied. Then, she was transferred to our infectious diseases clinic for service follow-up as she no longer needed intensive care. Due to the lack of expected clinical improvement in our service follow-up, brain MRI was compatible with CVT.
Conclusions: The most common symptom in CVT is headache, and focal neurological findings may accompany the picture. This clinical picture it creates is similar to encephalitis.


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Article Type: Case Report

J CLIN EXP INVEST, 2023, Volume 14, Issue 1, Article No: em00811

Publication date: 01 Jan 2023

Online publication date: 09 Nov 2022

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