alexa Superior Vena Cava Syndrome as the Preliminary Manifest
ISSN: 2165-7548

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Case Report

Superior Vena Cava Syndrome as the Preliminary Manifestation of Hodgkin's Lymphoma in A 31 Year Old Female Patient: A Case Report

Davis Kibirige*

Department of Medicine, Uganda Martyrs Hospital Lubaga, Kampala, Uganda

*Corresponding Author:
Davis Kibirige
Department of Medicine
Uganda Martyrs Hospital Lubaga
P.O.Box 14130, Kampala, Uganda
Tel: +256 414 267012, +256 782 393955
E-mail: [email protected]

Received Date: February 18, 2013; Accepted Date: April 16, 2013; Published Date: April 19, 2013

Citation: Kibirige D (2013) Superior Vena Cava Syndrome as the Preliminary Manifestation of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in A 31 Year Old Female Patient: A Case Report. Emergency Med 3:136. doi:10.4172/2165-7548.1000136

Copyright: © 2013 Kibirige D. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.



Superior vena cava syndrome is a medical emergency frequently associated with malignancy especially lung cancer and non Hodgkin’s lymphoma. It is a constellation of signs and symptoms resulting from intrinsic or extrinsic obstruction of the superior vena cava. I present a case of a 31 year old female patient who presented with classical features of superior vena cava syndrome secondary to histopathologically confirmed Hodgkin’s lymphoma. She significantly improved following therapy with oxygen, intra venous steroids and chemotherapy (doxorubicin, bleomycin, vinblastine and dacarbazine). This case report highlights one of the atypical presentations of Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Clinicians in emergency care units should have a high index of suspicion of superior vena cava syndrome so that timely treatment is instituted promptly.


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