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A case report of superior vena cava obstruction [Turk Kardiyol Dern Ars]
Turk Kardiyol Dern Ars. 2013; 41(8): 724-727 | DOI: 10.5543/tkda.2013.37786

A case report of superior vena cava obstruction

Savaş Tepe1, Yavuz Uluca2, Timur Timurkaynak2
1Department of Radiology, Bayindir Hospital, Istanbul
2Department of Cardiology, Bayindir Hospital, Istanbul

We report herein an 83-year-old gentleman with lung cancer who presented with nausea, complete atrioventricular (AV) block and presyncope. Despite a present temporary pacemaker, which had been inserted through the femoral vein 5 days previously, the patient had asystole attacks that resolved with atropine administration. Coronary angiography demonstrated no critical stenosis. Sick sinus syndrome was diagnosed, and permanent pacemaker implantation was decided. However, the guidewire could not be advanced into the superior vena cava (SVC). Right jugular venogram showed complete obstruction of the SVC. Subsequent computerized tomography also revealed its obstruction by a large lung tumor. Special attention should be given to patients with benign or malignant SVC syndrome before permanent pacemaker implantation.

Keywords: Lung neoplasms/complications, pacemaker, artificial, superior vena cava syndrome/diagnosis/therapy; vena cava, superior/ anatomy & histology.

How to cite this article
Savaş Tepe, Yavuz Uluca, Timur Timurkaynak. A case report of superior vena cava obstruction. Turk Kardiyol Dern Ars. 2013; 41(8): 724-727

Corresponding Author: Savaş Tepe, Türkiye
Manuscript Language: English

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