Superior Vena Cava Syndrome
September 14, 2005
A 42-year-old woman complained of facial puffiness, fullness, and redness for 2 weeks, which were gradually becoming more severe. She also noticed a sensation of “heaviness” in her head. The patient had no significant past medical history. She denied having a cough, shortness of breath, hoarseness, allergies of any kind, and neurologic deficits. Her weight and appetite were unchanged. She had smoked a pack of cigarettes every day for the past 20 years.