Emergent Venous Angioplasty of a Complete SVC Thrombosis


Video Supplement to “Emergency Venous Angioplasty of a Complete Superior Vena Cava Thrombosis" [June 2019 Clinical Images article by Petzold, et al].

A patient with a history of colon cancer was admitted to our emergency department due to progressive dyspnea, chest pain, and swelling of the upper limbs and face. A central venous port device had been implanted into the right subclavian vein for administration of systemic chemotherapy several months prior. Thoracic computed tomography scan revealed a 2.8 cm-long thrombus arising from the tip of the venous catheter, which completely occluded the superior vena cava in close proximity to the right atrium.

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