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Can a blocled svc be repaired ?

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Dr. David Wilson
Surgery - Vascular
4 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

The svc (superior vena cava) can be surgically bypassed or sometimes reopened with angioplasty and a stent within the vein.
Repair is only necessary for patients with significant facial swelling, difficulty breathing or swallowing. Usually, one's body can reroute blood around the blockage to a large degree.

In brief: Yes

The svc (superior vena cava) can be surgically bypassed or sometimes reopened with angioplasty and a stent within the vein.
Repair is only necessary for patients with significant facial swelling, difficulty breathing or swallowing. Usually, one's body can reroute blood around the blockage to a large degree.
Dr. David Wilson
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Dr. Linda Harris
Most often, blockage in the SVC is associated either with chronic (longterm) use of catheters, or cancers. For catheter occlusions, endovascular interventions can be helpful if the patient is symptomatic. Interventions for cancer can be more complicated, as the tumor typically is pressing on the vein. Endovascular interventions can be used to palliate (improve quality of life).
Dr. Michael Korona
Radiology - Interventional
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Maybe

Interventional radiologists like myself can try to open with stents and balloons.

In brief: Maybe

Interventional radiologists like myself can try to open with stents and balloons.
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