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Turkish Journal of Cancer
1991, Volume 21, Number 3, Page(s) 109-115
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Superior Vena Cava Syndrome: A 15 Year Period Experience c
ÖZGÜR ÖZYILKAN, ESİN ÜNLÜ, GÜLTEN TEKUZMAN, ŞEVKET RUACAN, EŞMEN BALTALI, NİLÜFER GÜLER, H. İBRAHİM GÜLLÜ, İBRAHİM BARIŞTA, YAVUZ ÖZlŞlK, DİNÇER FIRAT

The Hacettepe University Hospital experience with the superior vena cava syndrome (SVCS) during the last fifteen years was reviewed. The syndrome was due to malignant causes in 65 patients and benign diseases in 17. Lung cancer was the most common diagnosis. The most frequent symptoms were dyspnea and cough. The most common physical findings were dilated neck or chest wall veins or edema of the upper part of body. Superior mediastinal widening was the most common radiological abnormalitiy. In the malignant group only patients with lymphoma had a significantly longer survival in comparison with other patients having cancer. The results of this study indicate that establishing a histological diagnosis before therapy may change treatment regimen and prolong survival, except in patients with severe pulmonary or central nervous system compromise.

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