Cavernous sinus thrombosis
About1 in3 peoplewith c avernous sinus thrombosisdie, and many people who survive it go on to develop further problems.
The condition leads to long-term symptomsin around 1 in 10 people, including seizures (fits) and severe Headaches .
Problems with vision are also a relatively common complication of cavernous sinus thrombosis. About1 in6people experience some degree of permanent visual impairment .
However, permanent blindnessis less common, affecting around1 in 160 people.
There's also a risk that another blood clot maydevelop elsewhere in the body for example, in the:
These conditions are very serious and can be fatal.
Complications can also occur if the infection spreads beyond the cavernous sinuses. These complications can include:
Both of these conditions are very serious and can be fatal, particularly if they're not treated promptly.
Cavernous sinus thrombosis is a blood clot in the cavernous sinuses. It can be life-threatening.
The most common initial symptom of cavernous sinus thrombosis is a headache.
Cavernous sinus thrombosis is usually caused by a bacterial infection that spreads from another area of the face or skull.