CardioVascular and Interventional Radiology

, Volume 28, Issue 3, pp 372–376

Balloon Dilation of the Superior Vena Cava (SVC) Resulting in SVC Rupture and Pericardial Tamponade: A Case Report and Brief Review

Case Report

DOI: 10.1007/s00270-004-0001-0

Cite this article as:
Brown, K.T. & Getrajdman, G.I. Cardiovasc Intervent Radiol (2005) 28: 372. doi:10.1007/s00270-004-0001-0


Stent placement is an accepted primary treatment for SVC syndrome. Balloon dilation is frequently performed prior to stent placement. Although various stent-related hemorrhagic complications have been reported, as well as reports of iatrogenic catheter and guidewire perforations, there has been only one previous report of balloon dilation–related SVC rupture. We report a second case, including the clinical scenario, in the hope that should this complication occur, it might be recognized quickly and treated successfully.


Vena cava, interventional procedureSuperior vena cava syndromeVena cava, stenosis or obstructionAngioplasty complication

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of RadiologyMemorial Sloan Kettering Cancer CenterNew YorkUSA