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Superior vena cava syndrome as a presentation of metastatic prostate cancer.

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Superior vena cava syndrome as a presentation of metastatic prostate cancer.

BMJ Case Rep. 2012;2012

Authors: Yun HD, Ershler WB

Abstract
Superior vena cava (SVC) syndrome is an uncommon complication of malignant disease caused by the obstruction of venous blood flow in the SVC. When present, a diagnosis of lung cancer or lymphoma will be made in approximately 95% of cases. Although other malignant diseases are occasionally associated with SVC, its occurrence in patients with prostate cancer is rare. We present a case of a patient presenting with SVC obstruction who was subsequently diagnosed with prostate adenocarcinoma. The patient has been successfully treated with GnRH agonist. This case reflects the importance of a full clinical assessment and pathological confirmation of suspected tumour prior to treatment.

PMID: 22948992 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

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