Superior Vena Cava Syndrome – Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment and Ongoing care - Partial or complete obstruction of the superior vena cava (SVC): 90% extrinsic 90% from neoplasm (most frequently lung cancer) Read more: http://health.tipsdiscover.com/superior-vena-cava-syndrome-causes-symptoms-diagnosis-treatment-ongoing-care/#ixzz2lvo94Rdg
Superior vena cava syndrome (SVCS), or superior vena cava obstruction (SVCO), is usually the result of the direct obstruction of the superior vena cava by malignancies such as compression of the vessel wall by right upper lobe tumors or thymoma and/or mediastinal lymphadenopathy. The most common malignancy that causes SVCS is bronchogenic carcinoma
Mr. P.'s current complaint is dyspnea, a sudden onset of a swollen neck, and a new diagnosis of small cell lung cancer. Because his symptoms are suggestive of superior vena cava syndrome (SVCS), which is potentially life threatening, he was immediately admitted to the hospital. A CT scan identified the source of the SVCS to be his malignancy.
Superior Vena Cava Syndrome. The photograph shows massive engorgement of collateral subcutaneous veins of the chest and abdomen in a 58-year-old man with partial obstruction of the superior vena cava caused by small-cell lung cancer.