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Superior Vena Cava Obstruction Secondary to Mediastinal Lymphadenopathy in a Patient With Cystic Fibrosis

Benjamin J.W. Chow; Douglas A. McKim; Hani Shennib; Robert E. Dales
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Affiliations: From the Department of Medicine and Respirology, University of Ottawa, Ontario,  From the McGill University and Montreal General Hospital, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Affiliations: From the Department of Medicine and Respirology, University of Ottawa, Ontario,  From the McGill University and Montreal General Hospital, Montreal, Quebec, Canada


1997 by the American College of Chest Physicians


Chest. 1997;112(5):1438-1441. doi:10.1378/chest.112.5.1438
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Abstract

Superior vena cava (SVC) obstruction most often is a complication of malignant tumors such as lung cancer or lymphoma. The common use of long-term indwelling central venous catheters also has added to the prevalence of SVC obstruction. This report describes the first case of SVC obstruction in a patient with cystic fibrosis due to extrinsic compression from benign reactive mediastinal lymphadenopathy. Although in these circumstances intravascular thrombosis should be ruled out, extrinsic compression from mediastinal lymphadenopathy should be considered.


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