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Abstract Details

Vein of Trolard Thrombosis Resembling Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
Cerebrovascular Disease and Interventional Neurology
P8 - Poster Session 8 (5:30 PM-6:30 PM)

Cerebral venous thrombosis (CVT) is well recognized to be highly morphogenic in clinical presentation. Initial complaints of headache and dehydration in the history can be impactful clues. We present a case of CVT, more specifically a vein of Trolard (VoT) thrombosis, which had a clinical presentation similar to that of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS).

To report a rare case of vein of Trolard thrombosis manifesting similar to Complex Regional Pain Syndrome.

A 36-year-old male with recent fracture repair and treatment for two superficial deep venous thrombosis (DVT) in the left upper extremity (LUE) presented with LUE allodynia, weakness, and a facial droop after excessive alcohol intake and sun exposure. Exam was remarkable for LUE tenderness and limited mobility. Given his history of DVTs, hypercoagulable state, and new neurologic symptoms, a stroke code was initiated. Stroke work-up was unremarkable, with negative brain and brachial plexus MRI. Patient symptoms persisted even after initiation of gabapentin and heparin, for neuropathic pain and potential CVT, respectively. Cerebral angiography confirmed a VoT thrombosis with no need for mechanical thrombectomy. He was safely discharged with improvement of symptoms on anticoagulation. Patient returned with diagnosis of acute parietal lobe ischemic infarct. Brain MRI completed within 14 days of outside diagnosis did not appreciate an area of restricted diffusion with corresponding apparent diffusion coefficient. Patient was safely discharged with anticoagulants again after ruling out other acute pathology. Neurology and hematology-oncology referrals to rule out other pro-thrombotic conditions were advised on discharge.

The superior anastomotic vein, or VoT, is a large superficial cortical vein that helps drain the fronto-parietal regions including the somatosensory cortex, affecting sensation. Recognition that VoT thrombosis can lead to venous congestion and infarction of the affected cortical regions, resulting in CRPS-like symptoms is critical to ensure timely treatment and increase successful treatment outcomes.

Ajay Banga, DO
Dr. Banga has nothing to disclose.
Roberto E. Sanchez, MD (Roberto E Sanchez MD PA) Dr. Sanchez has nothing to disclose.
Ariol Labrada, MD (Ariol Labrada MD PA) Dr. Labrada has nothing to disclose.