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Ann Thorac Surg. 2016 Oct;102(4):e369-71. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2016.03.112.

Surgical Treatment of Benign Superior Vena Cava Syndrome.

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1
Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, University of Louisville School of Medicine, Louisville, Kentucky.
2
Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, University of Louisville School of Medicine, Louisville, Kentucky. Electronic address: mark.slaughter@louiville.edu.

Abstract

The obstruction of blood flow through the superior vena cava (SVC) into the right atrium may present as a severe clinical syndrome. One of the benign causes of SVC obstruction is the long-term use of indwelling catheters and wires, increasing the chances of SVC thrombosis. The treatment of the benign SVC syndrome is focused on achieving long-term durability and patency of the superior venocaval system and normal life expectancy. We report the successful surgical management of a patient with severe symptomatic SVC syndrome and emphasize technical details that might be of value in treating this challenging pathologic condition.

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