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Doctor insights on: Superior Vena Cava Syndrome In Children

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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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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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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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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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What are the common symptoms of vena cava filter complications?

What are the common symptoms of vena cava filter complications?

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

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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

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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?

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

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How does pulmonary artery differ from the vena cava?

How does pulmonary artery differ from the vena cava?

Anatomy lesson: The pulmonary artery is the vessel that carries blood from the right ventricle to the lungs where the blood is oxygenated. The vena cava are veins that drain blood into the right atrium from both the upper and lower halves of the body. ...Read more

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How does blood flow from the mesenteric arteries to the posterior vena cava?

How does blood flow from the mesenteric arteries to the posterior vena cava?

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

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Is it possible to feel vena cava? I can feel something hard when I press deeply. Hurts a lot. Mid abdomen

Is it possible to feel vena cava? I can feel something hard when I press deeply. Hurts a lot. Mid abdomen

Not the cava: Like any other vessel your cava should be soft and compressible. I am not sure otherwise what else you can feel, but a distended bowel loop may feel hard sometimes. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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

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Could an implanted greenfield filter in the vena cava artery cause hyperthrophy of the heart?

Could an implanted greenfield filter in the vena cava artery cause hyperthrophy of the heart?

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

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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.

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

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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?

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

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PICC line w/tip in sup vena cava. Mild posterior congestion & background of volume overload w/possible trace left pleural effusion? Explain Please...

PICC line w/tip in sup vena cava. Mild posterior congestion & background of volume overload w/possible trace left pleural effusion? Explain Please...

Assume CXR reading: PICC = Percutaneous Intervenous central Cathiter, IV line in your arm in good position. Lung reflect slight fluid overload / CHF (Congestive Heart Failure). ...Read more

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Sudden chest pain off and on all day history of DVT and pe have vena cava filter in me for over a year?

Sudden chest pain off and on all day history of DVT and pe have vena cava filter in me for over a year?

See doctor: Chest pain deserves evaluation. You should have had workup for prior dvt/pte: was it provoked or not, and with recurrent dvt, was thrombophilia checked. Vc filter traps large clots, and small clots can sneak by resulting in pe, subsequent chest pain. See your doctor. ...Read more

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My daughter has a heart conditions were her inferior vena cava & aorta is joined before entering the heart, is it possible for operation?

Yes: I think you are probably speaking of truncus arteriosus, but I am unclear by your description. Surgery is needed to close the VSD and to add another tube to act as the second artery. ...Read more

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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.

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