Post-partum transverse sinus thrombosis presenting as acute psychosis

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Colleges, School and Institutes

Abstract

Whilst cerebral vascular disease and mental illness in the post-partum period are well recognised, their co-existence and the concept of organic psychoses in pregnancy, parturition and the puerperium remains poorly appreciated (Brockington 2006; Brockington Arch Women's Ment Health 10: 177-178, 2007a; Brockington Arch Women's Ment Health 10: 305-306, b). We report a woman who was referred to the Medical team on-call with a mixed presentation of euphoria, mutism and aggressive behaviour but ultimately demonstrated to have a transverse sinus thrombosis and recovered well with anti-coagulation. This serves an important reminder of the implications of a missed medical diagnosis in this high-risk and vulnerable group of patients.

Details

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)365-367
Number of pages3
JournalArchives of Women's Mental Health
Volume13
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2010

Keywords

  • Sinus venous thrombosis, Puerperium, Organic psychoses, Central venous sinus thrombosis, Post-partum psychosis