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THE JOURNAL OF CARDIOVASCULAR SURGERY
Rivista di Chirurgia Cardiaca, Vascolare e Toracica
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The Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery 2002 February;43(1):91-3
Thrombectomy and SVC reconstruction due to infective thrombus
Uwabe K., Kurihara H., Komiyama S., Yoshida I.
From the Department of Cardiovascular Surgery and Cardiology, Hokuto Hospital, Obihiro, Japan
We report a case of thrombectomy and reconstruction of superior vena cava (SVC) in a patient presenting sepsis and SVC syndrome by infective thrombus. A 58-year-old woman presented sepsis and edema of the neck and left upper extremity during treatment of multiple organ failure. Sepsis by Serratia persisted in spite of appropriate antibiotic treatment. Computed tomography of the chest revealed thrombi that narrowed the SVC with obstruction of the left brachiocephalic vein. Removal of the infective thrombi followed by SVC reconstruction with autologous pericardial patch was performed. Postoperative period remained uneventful.