Superior vena cava syndrome in the CT scanning

Grzegorz Wróbel


The study concerns a 67-year-old woman with symptoms such as swelling of the face, neck and upper limbs; bruising in the head and neck region; conjunctival hyperemia; excessive filling of the jugular veins. The CT examination was performed using the SOMATOM Definition AS (Siemens) and analyzed with SYNGO Multi-Modality CT Workstation (Siemens). The study showed a tumoral mass (67 x 91 mm) located in the right upper lobe and adjacent to the mediastinum, simultaneously invades the superior vena cava and causes it to narrow completely.


superior vena cava syndrome, CT, tumor


Lacout A, Marcy PY, Thariat J, Lacombe P, El Hajjam M. Radio-anatomy of the superior vena cava syndrome and therapeutic orientations. Diagn Interv Imaging. 2012 Jul;93(7-8):569-77.

Lepper PM, Ott SR, Hoppe H, Schumann C, Stammberger U, Bugalho A, et al. Superior vena cava syndrome in thoracic malignancies. Respir Care. 2011 May;56(5):653-66.


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