Contributor: Jared Scott, MD
- 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
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Summarized by Will Dewispelaere, MS4 | Edited by Erik Verzemnieks, MD