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Is there a link between persistent left superior vena cava and neck discomfort?

No: There is no known correlation between neck pain and vascular problems with the exception of vertebral artery compression in patients with disc problems or spondylosis. ...Read more

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What is the link between persistent left superior vena cava and neck discomfort?

What is the link between persistent left superior vena cava and neck discomfort?

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

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Had a port a cath removed due to a blood clot in the superior vena cava. Should this clot dissolve on its own ?

Had a port a cath removed due to a blood clot in the superior vena cava.  Should this clot dissolve on its own ?

In a manner : Hopefully flow through the svc will be restored, but may never be normal again. The threat of embolization is minimal. Hopefully there are not other factors causing the clot. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how hepatic portal vein anastomose with superior vena cava and inferior vena cava?

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

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My cardiac MRI showed persistent left sided superior vena cava drains into a dilated coronary sinus w/ mild dilation of the main pulmonary artery?

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

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Hello doctors, can vena cava syndrome be correlated to a pancoast-tobias tumour?

Hello doctors, can vena cava syndrome be correlated to a pancoast-tobias tumour?

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

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Could vena cava syndrome be correlated to a pancoast-tobias tumour?

Could vena cava syndrome be correlated to a pancoast-tobias tumour?

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

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Please tell me what does an vena cava filter look like?

Umbrella: It looks a little like an umbrella. There are a lot of images on the internet. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about problems with the removable of the vena cava filter?

Can you tell me about problems with the removable of the vena cava filter?

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