superior vena cava syndrome

A condition in which a tumor presses against the superior vena cava (the large vein that carries blood from the head, neck, arms, and chest to the heart). This pressure blocks blood flow to the heart and may cause coughing, difficulty in breathing, and swelling of the face, neck, and upper arms.

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  • Superior vena cava syndrome — Classification and external resources Superior vena cava syndrome in a person with bronchogenic carcinoma. Note the swelling of his face first thing in the morning (left) and its resolution after being upright all day (right). ICD …   Wikipedia

  • Superior vena cava syndrome — The symptoms that result from compression of the large vein that carries blood down to the heart. The superior vena cava is a large vein that transmits blood from the upper body back to the heart. The superior vena cava is located in the middle… …   Medical dictionary

  • Syndrome, superior vena cava — The symptoms that result from compression of the large vein that carries blood down to the heart. The superior vena cava is a large vein that transmits blood from the upper body back to the heart. The superior vena cava is located in the middle… …   Medical dictionary

  • Vena cava syndrome, superior — The symptoms that result from compression of the large vein that carries blood down to the heart. The superior vena cava is a large vein that transmits blood from the upper body back to the heart. The superior vena cava is located in the middle… …   Medical dictionary

  • Superior vena cava — Infobox Vein Name = Superior vena cava Latin = v. cava superior GraySubject = 172 GrayPage = 666 Image Heart diagram 250px Caption = Anterior (frontal) view of the opened heart. White arrows indicate normal blood flow. Caption2 = Veins DrainsFrom …   Wikipedia

  • Vena cava — The superior vena cava is the large vein which returns blood to the heart from the head, neck and both upper limbs. The inferior vena cava returns blood to the heart from the lower part of the body. The return of blood via the vena cava can be… …   Medical dictionary

  • Síndrome de la vena cava superior — Superior vena cava syndrome Clasificación y recursos externos CIE 10 I87.1 …   Wikipedia Español

  • Inferior vena cava — Infobox Vein | Name = PAGENAME Latin = vena cava inferior GraySubject = 173 GrayPage = 677 Image Heart diagram 250px Caption = Anterior (frontal) view of the opened heart. White arrows indicate normal blood flow. Caption2 = DrainsFrom = Source =… …   Wikipedia

  • Congenital stenosis of vena cava — Classification and external resources ICD 10 Q26.0 ICD 9 747.49 Congenital stenos …   Wikipedia

  • síndrome de vena cava superior — Eng. Superior vena cava obstruction syndrome Síndrome ocasionado por la obstrucción de la vena cava superior por lesiones expansivas de la parte superior del tórax que dificultan el retorno venoso cefálico ocasionando la elevación de la presión… …   Diccionario de oftalmología

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