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Pregnancy Vena Cava
You should not lay on your back during pregnancy but can the same pressure on the vena cava be caused by leaning/sitting up against a hard surface?
If you're pregnant or planning to get pregnant, there are many things you can do to give your baby a healthy start: Regular prenatal visits along with laboratory testing, ultrasounds, prenatal vitamins and immunizations (like the flu shot and whopping cough booster). Now's the time to eat healthy, stay hydrated, and ...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
Umbrella: It looks a little like an umbrella. There are a lot of images on the internet. ...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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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?
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