Aortic dissection presenting as superior vena cava syndrome

Mark S. Link, Michael P. Pietrzak

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)326-328
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Emergency Medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1994


  • Aortic dissection
  • chest pain
  • superior vena cava syndrome

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine


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