What are the signs of superior vena cava syndrome (SVCS) in non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC)?

Updated: Jun 05, 2020
  • Author: Winston W Tan, MD, FACP; Chief Editor: Nagla Abdel Karim, MD, PhD  more...
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Signs of SVCS include the following:

  • Feeling of fullness in the head
  • Dyspnea
  • Cough
  • Dilated neck veins
  • Prominent venous pattern on the face and the chest
  • Upper extremity and facial edema
  • Papilledema
  • Facial cyanosis
  • Plethora
  • Conjunctival edema (possibly)

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