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CURRENT ISSUETHE JOURNAL OF CARDIOVASCULAR SURGERY

A Journal on Cardiac, Vascular and Thoracic Surgery

Indexed/Abstracted in: BIOSIS Previews, Current Contents/Clinical Medicine, EMBASE, PubMed/MEDLINE, Science Citation Index Expanded (SciSearch), Scopus
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Frequency: Bi-Monthly

ISSN 0021-9509

Online ISSN 1827-191X

 

The Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery 2000 June;41(3):499-501

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Superior vena cava syndrome caused by invasive epidermoid carcinoma

Halkic N., Henchoz L., Gintzburger D., Nordback P., Ksontini R., Boumghar M.

From the Service de Chirurgie CHUV, Lausanne, Switzerland

Lung can­cer is the ­most fre­quent ­cause of super­i­or ­vena ­cava (SVC) syn­drome. Malignant SVC syn­drome is gen­er­al­ly con­sid­ered a con­tra­in­di­ca­tion to cura­tive resec­tion, ­although pal­li­a­tive bypass­es are ­done for symp­toms ­that do not ­respond to med­i­cal ther­a­py. However, a major­ity of ­patients ­with ­such ­advanced dis­ease die of com­pli­ca­tions ­caused by the pri­mary ­tumor rath­er ­than dis­tant metas­ta­sis. We ­present the ­case of one ­patient ­with ­lung can­cer invad­ing the med­i­as­ti­nal struc­tures. Combined resec­tion and re­place­ment of the SVC ­with a seg­ment of Dacron vas­cu­lar ­graft was per­formed. Postoperative sur­vi­val ­time was 24 ­months.

language: English


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