Superior Vena Cava Syndrome

  • Prashant Rohatgi


The superior vena cava syndrome (SVCS) is a clinical entity first described by William Hunter in 1757 in a patient with saccular aortic aneurysm. The SVCS is due to progressive obstruction of the superior vena cava by extrinsic compression or intrinsic thrombosis. This is a serious problem in clinical practice because it causes severe discomfort, is life-threatening to the patient, and requires prompt diagnosis and treatment by the physician.


Superior Vena Mediastinal Mass Bronchogenic Carcinoma Fiberoptic Bronchoscopy Superior Vena Cava Syndrome 
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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • Prashant Rohatgi
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Pulmonary Disease SectionVeterans Administration Medical CenterUSA
  2. 2.Division of Pulmonary Diseases and AllergyWashington University School of Medicine and Health SciencesUSA

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