Aortic dissection presenting as superior vena cava syndrome

M S Link, M P Pietrzak
American Journal of Emergency Medicine 1994, 12 (3): 326-8
Aortic dissection usually presents with chest pain, abnormal pulses, and a widened mediastinum on chest radiograph. It is rarely associated with the superior vena cava syndrome (SVCS), which more commonly occurs in the setting of malignant disease. A patient who had SVCS as a result of a painless aortic dissection is presented and compared with other previously reported cases of simultaneous SVCS and aortic dissection.

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