Superior vena cava syndrome

What is Superior vena cava syndrome?

Superior vena cava syndrome meaning 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.

 

reference: national Cancer Institute – Glossary for Registrars

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