Superior vena cava syndrome with malignant causes
Superior Vena Cava Syndrome
A 58-year-old man presents with a 2-week history of progressive dyspnea on exertion, neck swelling, decreased appetite, and fatigue. There is no history of syncope or dysphagia. He smoked cigarettes until 5 years ago. The physical examination reveals a heart rate of 105 beats per minute, a respiratory rate of 20 breaths per minute, and superficial vascular distention over the neck, chest, and upper abdomen. Stridor is not present. How should his case be evaluated and managed? Copyright © 2007 Massachusetts Medical Society. All rights reserved.
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