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Superior vena cava syndrome with central venous catheter for chemotherapy treated successfully with fibrinolysis.

Recently, there has been an increase in the number of cases of superior vena cava (SVC) syndrome associated with chronic indwelling central venous catheters. Fibrinolytic therapy and endovascular treatment are currently achieving good results. We present a case history of a patient with SVC with a catheter used for chemotherapy, which was successfully treated with catheter-directed (intraclot) infusion thrombolytic therapy with urokinase.

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