Superior vena cava syndrome caused by aneurysm of the innominate artery

James J. McFarland, Mark B. Kahn, Charles F. Bellows, Rosita M. Shah, Robert A. Koenigsberg, Richard E. Parsons, Glenn J.R. Whitman, Verdi J. Disesa

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Isolated aneurysms or ruptures of the innominate artery are rare causes of the superior vena cava syndrome. We report on a patient who suffered an isolated acute expansion and rupture of an innominate artery aneurysm that precipitated a dramatic superior vena cava syndrome. Immediate repair using modern surgical techniques, cardiopulmonary bypass, profound hypothermia, circulatory arrest, and a Dacron graft rapidly cured the patient of this deadly syndrome.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)227-229
Number of pages3
JournalThe Annals of thoracic surgery
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1995
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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