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CASE REPORT
Year : 2012  |  Volume : 28  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 242-246

Anesthetic management of superior vena cava syndrome due to anterior mediastinal mass


1 Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care, Maulana Azad Medical College and Associated Hospitals; Current affliation: G B Pant Hospital & associated MAMC New Delhi, India
2 Hindu Rao Hospital, New Delhi, India
3 Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care, Maulana Azad Medical College and Associated Hospitals, New Delhi, India
4 Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India

Correspondence Address:
Kapil Chaudhary
Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care, G B Pant Hospital and associated Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi 110 002
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0970-9185.94910

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Anesthetic management of superior vena cava syndrome carries a possible risk of life-threatening complications such as cardiovascular collapse and complete airway obstruction during anesthesia. Superior vena cava syndrome results from the enlargement of a mediastinal mass and consequent compression of mediastinal structures resulting in impaired blood flow from superior vena cava to the right atrium and venous congestion of face and upper extremity. We report the successful anesthetic management of a 42-year-old man with superior vena cava syndrome posted for cervical lymph node biopsy.


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