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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.
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 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
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