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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 142  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 350

Superior vena cava syndrome


Department of Medicine, Command Hospital, Lucknow 226 002, Uttar Pradesh, India

Date of Web Publication6-Oct-2015

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Anil Menon
Department of Medicine, Command Hospital, Lucknow 226 002, Uttar Pradesh
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DOI: 10.4103/0971-5916.166606

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Menon A, Gupta A. Superior vena cava syndrome. Indian J Med Res 2015;142:350

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Menon A, Gupta A. Superior vena cava syndrome. Indian J Med Res [serial online] 2015 [cited 2020 May 28];142:350. Available from: http://www.ijmr.org.in/text.asp?2015/142/3/350/166606

A 76 year old male presented as an outpatient to the department of Medicine, Command Hospital, Lucknow, India, in February 2014 with dyspnoea, dysphagia, hypophonia and significant weight loss. He had erythema, oedema of face, dilated veins over neck, anterior aspect of chest and abdomen with craniocaudal flow [Figure 1]. The patient was diagnosed to have superior vena cava (SVC) syndrome. Contrast enhanced computed tomography (CECT) of the chest showed a homogenous mass occupying the superior mediastinum occluding the SVC and displacing the trachea [Figure 2]. Trucut biopsy of the lesion revealed non-Hodgkin lymphoma (high grade). The patient was started on injection dexamethasone and chemotherapy with cyclophosphamide, hydroxydaunorubicin, vincristine and prednisolone. He however, succumbed to a cardiac event just before he was due for the second cycle of chemotherapy.
Figure 1. Dilated and tortuous veins on chest and abdomen

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Figure 2. CECT chest shows heterogenous mass encasing the superior vena cava (white arrow) and displacing the trachea (black arrow)

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