Isolated superior striate vein thrombosis in adults

Bianca Mazini, Christophe Bonvin, Philippe Gailloud, Diego San Millán

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Background: Isolated cerebral deep medullary vein thrombosis has been described in the setting of hemorrhagic periventricular white matter lesions in preterm and full-term neonates, but to the best of our knowledge, has never been reported in adults. We present two cases of isolated thrombosis of the superior striate vein occurring in adults that could be analogous to deep medullary vein thrombosis in that they involve deep cerebral veins only without thrombosis of the subependymal or internal cerebral veins. Case description: Two women aged 20 and 39, presented with transient neurological deficits and headache. Diagnosis of isolated superior striate vein thrombosis was based on CT and MRI findings with long term imaging follow-up. Both patients evolved favorably under conservative treatment without anticoagulation. Thrombophilia workup was negative and both patients were active smokers under oral contraception. Conclusion: Isolated superior striate vein thrombosis is a rare form of intracranial venous thrombosis and should be considered in the differential diagnosis of stroke-like episodes with headache in adults. Isolated superior striate vein thrombosis presents with characteristic imaging features on CT and MRI.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)446-450
Number of pages5
JournalInterventional Neuroradiology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 1 2020


  • Deep medullary veins
  • SWI
  • headache
  • stroke like episode
  • superior striate veins thrombosis
  • thunderclap
  • venous infarction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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