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Cerebrovascular Complications

The development of cerebrovascular problems is the most common complication of meningitis. Arterial infarction can occur which often affects the basal ganglia due to the occlusion of small perforating vessels. Hemispheric infarction can also occur due to major vessel spasm. Venous infarctions are also common and can include cortical venous occlusion or the involvement of the superior sagittal sinus.

The image on the left shows thrombosis of the superior sagittal sinus (arrow) prior to the administration of
contrast. The image on the right shows the thrombosis in the same patient after contrast administration.

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