Varicella zoster virus (VZV) has been known to cause cerebral arterial vasculopathy and an acquired antibody-mediated coagulopathy associated with purpura fulminans and generalized thromboembolism. There are no published reports of cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST) associated with primary VZV infection. We report 2 cases that highlight an unusual presentation of VZV infection: CVST with primary varicella infection. One patient had extensive CVST with coexistent middle cerebral artery involvement. Primary VZV infection can be associated with thrombosis of cerebral arteries and venous sinuses.
|Journal||Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases|
|Publication status||Published - Nov 2012|
- Cerebral venous sinus thrombosis
- magnetic resonance imaging
- varicella zoster virus
- vesicular rash