Superior vena cava stenosis

Case contributed by Dr David Cuete


Dyspnea, Facial and upper extremity edema, venous distention in the neck and distended veins in the upper chest and arms. History of long-standing dialysis. Recent infection of the central venous catheter

Patient Data

Age: 60 years
Gender: Male

CT chest

Narrowness and lack of filling of contrast in the superior vena cava and left brachiocephalic vein, thoracic masses no evidence. Multiple thoracic venous collaterals are displayed

Case Discussion

Although neoplasms are the primary cause of the obstruction of the superior vena cava, it has also been associated as complications of CVC and pacemakers.

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Case information

rID: 34228
Published: 17th Feb 2015
Last edited: 9th Oct 2019
System: Vascular, Chest
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