Pemberton’s Sign for Superior Vena Cava Compression

  • Bhavna SriramkaEmail author
  • Megha Khetan
  • Diptimayee Mallik
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Substernal goiters (SG) may be deceptive having only a few physical signs. Pemberton’s sign is a classical objective finding to demonstrate latent pressure in the thoracic inlet. The sign is an important examination finding for students of both the surgical and allied field.


Substernal goiters Pemberton’s sign Thoracic inlet compression 


Authors’ Contributions

BS was the physician who illustrated the case. MK and DM did literature review. BS wrote up the paper where MK and DM gave valuable inputs. All authors have read and agree to content of manuscript.

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Conflict of Interests

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interests.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of AnesthesiaInstitute of Medical Sciences and SUM HospitalBhubaneswarIndia

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