Fatal pericardial tamponade after superior vena cava stenting.
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SourceCardiovascular and Interventional Radiology, 32, 3, (2009), pp. 585-589
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Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology
SubjectONCOL 5: Aetiology, screening and detection
We discuss a fatal complication of percutaneous superior vena cava (SVC) self-expandable stent placement in a patient with superior vena cava syndrome (SVCS). The SVCS was caused by a malignant mediastinal mass with total occlusion of the SVC. Twenty-four hours after the procedure, the patient died of a hemopericardial tamponade. In the literature, only seven cases have been described with this life-threatening complication. Patients with a necrotic tumor mass are more likely to develop this complication. Knowledge of this complication may increase patient survival.
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