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Superior Vena Cava Syndrome MeSH Descriptor Data 2024

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Superior Vena Cava Syndrome
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coordinate with the cause of the obstruction
Scope Note
A condition that occurs when the obstruction of the thin-walled SUPERIOR VENA CAVA interrupts blood flow from the head, upper extremities, and thorax to the RIGHT ATRIUM. Obstruction can be caused by NEOPLASMS; THROMBOSIS; ANEURYSM; or external compression. The syndrome is characterized by swelling and/or CYANOSIS of the face, neck, and upper arms which is called Pemberton's sign. Classification of SVC obstruction is often based on COLLATERAL CIRCULATION.
Entry Term(s)
Obstruction of the Superior Vena Cava
SVC Obstruction
SVC Syndrome
SVC Thrombosis
Superior Vena Cava Obstruction
Superior Vena Cava Thrombosis
NLM Classification #
WG 625.V3
Previous Indexing
Thrombosis (1966-1985)
Vascular Diseases (1966-1985)
Vena Cava, Superior (1966-1985)
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Superior Vena Cava Syndrome Preferred
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