A Case of Acute on Chronic Life Threatening SVC Stenosis Managed by Timely Intervention

Brajesh Kumar Kunwar *

Department of Cardiology, Medicover Hospital Navi Mumbai, India.

Atul Ingle

Fortis Heeranandani Hospital Vashi, Navi Mumbai, India.

Anshu Thakur

Fortis Heeranandani Hospital Vashi, Navi Mumbai, India.

Nikhil Varge

Fortis Heeranandani Hospital Vashi, Navi Mumbai, India.

Subhashish Panda

Fortis Heeranandani Hospital Vashi, Navi Mumbai, India.

Gautam Singh

Fortis Heeranandani Hospital Vashi, Navi Mumbai, India.

*Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.


Superior Vena Cava (SVC) obstruction is a very well recognized condition described in many diseases like tumour or malignancies of middle mediastinum, clots in SVC, aortic aneurysm, thyroid disorders, infections like fungal and tuberculosis of lungs and rarely constrictive pericarditis. Clinical presentation is usually chronic or sub-acute. Rarely, it can have acute presentation with symptoms of dyspnoea and stridor. Diagnosis is usually made in view of underlying disease and presence of puffiness of face and engorged neck veins. Timely intervention especially in acute presentation is often lifesaving. We present a case of acute on chronic SVC obstruction in a patient of chronic kidney disease (CKD) related to HD (Haemodialysis) catheter induced obstruction of SVC. We had a patient who presented with stridor and orthopnea in a SVC syndrome setting in an emergency. 

Keywords: Superior vena cava obstruction, balloon dilation, stenting

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Kumar Kunwar, Brajesh, Atul Ingle, Anshu Thakur, Nikhil Varge, Subhashish Panda, and Gautam Singh. 2023. “A Case of Acute on Chronic Life Threatening SVC Stenosis Managed by Timely Intervention”. Asian Journal of Cardiology Research 6 (1):36-41. https://journalajcr.com/index.php/AJCR/article/view/131.


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