Inferior Vena Cava Syndrome and Morbid Obesity


A case is reported of inferior vena cava syndrome in a patient with extreme obesity (BMI: >70 kg/m2), treated at a public hospital. The inferior vena cava obstruction was diagnosed during an attempt at inferior vena cava filter percutaneous insertion, in prebariatric surgery period. The diagnosis occurred after a hepatic scintillography, and was confirmed with a femoral venography and celiac trunk arteriography. The patient underwent a biliopancreatic diversion-duodenal switch and has lost weight. A venography 7 months after the surgery did not show any inferior vena cava rechanneling evidence.

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Meinhardt, N.G., Souto, K.E.P., Knebel, A.V. et al. Inferior Vena Cava Syndrome and Morbid Obesity. OBES SURG 18, 1649 (2008).

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  • Morbid obesity
  • Inferior vena cava syndrome
  • Bariatric surgery