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Open Surgery Repair for Superior Vena Cava Syndrome After Failed Endovascular Stenting

Authors
Journal
The Annals of Thoracic Surgery
0003-4975
Publisher
Elsevier
Volume
97
Issue
4
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2013.07.084
Disciplines
  • Medicine

Abstract

Thrombosis is a rare cause of superior vena cava (SVC) syndrome. We report a 37-year-old man hospitalized because of swelling of the face and neck. A computed tomography angiography showed a thrombotic obstruction of SVC. The patient was treated by percutaneous transluminal balloon angioplasty of the SVC and placement of a stent. The symptoms disappeared, but the patient was hospitalized again after 3 months for the same complaints. Computed tomography angiography showed thrombosis in the stent in the SVC. The SVC was replaced with a prosthetic blood vessel. The patient's postoperative recovery was uneventful, and SVC syndrome did not occur during 2 years of postoperative follow-up.

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