Podcast 532:  SVC Syndrome - The Emergency Medical Minute

Podcast 532:  SVC Syndrome

Contributor: Jared Scott, MD

Educational Pearls:

  • Superior vena cava (SVC) syndrome is caused by physical compression of the SVC and can present with facial swelling, upper extremity swelling, flushing, and parasthesias
  • Common causes of SVC syndrome include lung cancer, lymphoma, and thymoma
  • Keep SVC syndrome on the differential for all patients with facial or upper extremity swelling


The superior vena cava syndrome: clinical characteristics and evolving etiology. Rice TW, Rodriguez RM, Light RW. Medicine (Baltimore). 2006;85(1):37. 

Diagnosis and management of superior vena cava syndrome. Markman M. Cleve Clin J Med. 1999;66(1):59. 

Summarized by Will Dewispelaere, MS4 | Edited by Erik Verzemnieks, MD


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