Septic Cavernous Sinus Thrombosis: A Review. Surv Ophthalmol 2021;Abstract.
Septic cavernous sinus thrombosis (SCST) is a rare, yet severe, process typically arising from infections of the paranasal sinuses (predominately ethmoid and/or sphenoid sinusitis) and, less commonly, otogenic, odontogenic, and pharyngeal sources. Clinical symptoms of SCST arise from obstruction of venous drainage from the orbit and compression of the cranial nerves within the cavernous sinus. In the preantibiotic era, SCST was considered universally fatal (80-100%); however, with the introduction of antibiotics the overall incidence, morbidity and mortality of SCST have greatly declined. In spite of dramatic improvements, morbidity and mortality remain high, with the majority of patients experiencing neurological sequalae, highlighting the severity of the disease and the need for prompt recognition, diagnosis, and treatment. Here we review of the literature of SCST with a focus on the current recommendations and recent evidence for diagnostic and medical management of this condition.