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.
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
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 caused by obstruction of the superior vena cava Signs and symptoms Shortness of breath is the most common symptom, followed by face or arm swelling Following are frequent symptoms : ~ Dyspnea ~ Headache ~ Facial edema ~ Venous distention in the neck and distended veins in the upper chest and arms Upper limb edema ~ Lightheadedness ~ Cough ~ Edema of the neck, called the collar of Stokes