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Rare cause of superior vena cava syndrome: a giant bulla
  1. Guntug Batihan,
  2. Ozan Usluer and
  3. Seyda Ors Kaya
  1. Department of Thoracic Surgery, University of Health Sciences, Dr Suat Seren Chest Diseases and Surgery, Medical Practice and Research Center, Izmir, Turkey
  1. Correspondence to Dr Guntug Batihan, gbatihan{at}


Superior vena cava syndrome (SVCS) is a group of symptoms caused by obstruction of superior vena cava. External compression caused by benign or malign processes is the most common physiopathology. We aim to present a 29-year-old man with non-productive cough, facial plethora and venous distention of the neck. Right apical tense bulla which was compress superior vena cava was detected and video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery applied. Our extensive search found out that only one report of SVCS secondary to bulla is available on Medline.

  • cardiothoracic surgery
  • lung function

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  • Contributors GB, OU and SOK designed the study, developed the methodology, collected the data, performed the analysis and wrote the manuscript.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent Obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.