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Medicine For Superior Vena Cava Syndrome
Needs clarification: Persistent left superior vena cava. .. what? Blockage? Enlargement? Syndrome? If you're talking syndrome/blockage, it causes backup of fluid into the head and neck regions resulting in congestion & swelling. This would likely be the reason for the discomfort. Resolution of the blockage should eventually relieve the backed up fluid. Manual lymphatic drainage may be of some benefit. ...Read more
Had a port a cath removed due to a blood clot in the superior vena cava. Should this clot dissolve on its own?
I have a second superior vena cava and I also have lupus and other health issues. I'm just curious if my heart annomoly has anything to do with my medical issues.
Vena cava: No known association between 2 vena cavae and lupus, other issues weren't named by you. ...Read more
Can you tell me how hepatic portal vein anastomose with superior vena cava and inferior vena cava?
Normal anatomy?: The portal vein is majority blood supply to the liver. It carries nutrient-rich blood from the gut to the liver. After passing through the liver, blood leaves via the hepatic veins and enters the inferior vena cava. There is a procedure, called TIPS, which creates a direct shunt between the portal vein and hepatic vein. ...Read more
What does the aorta, superior vena cava, inferior vena cava, right and left atrium, left and right venticle, aortiv valve, mitral valve, do?
Heart disease: There is no room here for all that. Look up cardiac physiology online for the explanation. ...Read more
My cardiac MRI showed persistent left sided superior vena cava drains into a dilated coronary sinus w/ mild dilation of the main pulmonary artery?
Mostly a normal:
Variant. Every fetus has one, but in most it involutes before birth.
0.3% of the general population has one. It is the most common variation of the thoracic venous system. Left svc draining into coronary sinus is expected 90% of the time.
Discuss with your doctor the significance in your case of the mild dilation of the pulmonary artery. ...Read more
Yes: Lung tumors are common causes of superior vena cava syndrome. The tumor can compress the SVC and lead to swelling of the face and head. Radiation treatment can help. Placing a stent in the SVC can also help, but foes not directly treat the tumor. ...Read more
Yes: The Pancoast tumor is related to obstruction of the superior vena cava in the chest. Superior vena cava syndrome (SVCS), or superior vena cava obstruction, is usually the result of the direct obstruction of the superior vena cava by malignancies such as compression of the vessel wall by right upper lobe tumors such as the Pancoast tumor or the growth of a thymoma and/or mediastinal nodes. ...Read more
Umbrella: It looks a little like an umbrella. There are a lot of images on the internet. ...Read more
Vena c filter comps:
Need to be on anticoagulants
Clot and legs swell.
Clot and clot goes to lung.
But depends on many other things and happy to discuss is detail.
But better to discuss with your Dr. ...Read more
IVC filter: IVC filter is usually placed to trap any dislodged clots from the leg in patients who can not or will not take warfarin. If your cause has been taken care of removal should not cause any problems. ...Read more
I have 4 pe's and am supposed to have my vena cava filter removed within 4-6 months. Any suggestions on who can perform the precedure?
Filter removal: You can find am interventional radiologist near you using www. Sirweb. Org the doctor finder tab. Most interventional radiologists have substantial experience retrieving filters and other intravascular foreign bodies. It is usually a straight forward procedure although some can be tricky. ...Read more
Blood flow: Blood flow from the mesenteric arteries to the inferior vena cava-VC is a little complex. The blood travels via the mesenteric arteries to the end organ where is travels through smaller and smaller arteries until it enters capillaries. From there the capillaries merge to form veins that are part of the portal system. This travels to the liver where is goes through a similar cycle and then into VC. ...Read more
Is it possible to feel vena cava? I can feel something hard when I press deeply. Hurts a lot. Mid abdomen
I have a vena cava filter and will have an arteriogram performed tomorrow of the abdomen. Are there risk? I am wondering if the procedure of an arterigram performed will interfere with a vena cava filter that is already in place?
No.: No. The vena cava filter is in the main vein in your abdomen bringing blood back to your heart from your abdomen, pelvis and legs. An arteriorgram involves the arteries so there will be no interference. ...Read more
Should I have a 1998 greenfield vena cava filter removed since I am not now at high risk for dvt?
Not worth it: As dr. Wright said, a greenfield filter that has been in for 15 years would be risky to remove. If isn't bothering you, I wouldn't bother it. ...Read more
No: A greenfield filter can't cause hypertrophy of the heart because it is upstream of the heart. In general the heart hypertrophies because of a blockage downstream leading to higher pressure within the heart (just like when you put your finger over a garden hose). ...Read more
One partial Anomalous pulmonary venous return to the vena cava papvr, how bad is this? They found it just a couple. Of.months ago and I am 25. Only 1.
Curable by surgery: You have 4 pulmonary veins draining oxygen rich blood to left heart. Having anomalous drainage to inferior vena cava is like having "hole in your heart". Approximately 25% of blood is coming to right heart and in long term it is going to cause heart failure and short life span. This condition is curable by surgery and highly recommend in a healthy young patient before irreversible damage is done. ...Read more
I just had an echocardiogram and it said my inferior vena cava is small, w respiratory size variation greater than 50%. What does that mean?
Probably...: ...not much. These values are important if you are in an ICU or have recent trauma with shock. It indicates low blood volume and predicts that a patient will improve with volume therapy. If you are walking around and doing daily living without shortness of breath or dizziness, then the measurements do not mean much. ...Read more
Was diagnosed with dual inferior vena cava with the left ivc crossing at the level of the left renal vein. What is it and what is done for it?
Anatomic variation: Should not be a cause of any concern. Anatomical variations are rather common. ...Read more
PICC line w/tip in sup vena cava. Mild posterior congestion & background of volume overload w/possible trace left pleural effusion? Explain Please...
Sudden chest pain off and on all day history of DVT and pe have vena cava filter in me for over a year?
For the past 2 days I have real bad chest pain that won't go away. I have a history of dvt's and a pe. I have the vena cava filter in me.
Chest pain: Please call your doctor as soon aspossible, this needs to be assessed with your history. ...Read more
My daughter has a heart conditions were her inferior vena cava & aorta is joined before entering the heart, is it possible for operation?
My daughter heart condition, she has a condition were her inferior vena cava and descending aorta is joined to a single tube entering the heart.
Need correction sx: See a pediatric cardiac surgeon for corrective action, this is rare condition that will need specialty care ...Read more