Which medications in the drug class Anticoagulants are used in the treatment of Superior Vena Cava Syndrome?

Updated: Mar 26, 2018
  • Author: Todd A Nickloes, DO, FACOS; Chief Editor: Vincent Lopez Rowe, MD  more...
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Anticoagulants

In superior vena cava syndrome (SVCS), these agents are used mainly to prevent pulmonary embolism from superior vena cava (SVC) thrombus.

Heparin

Inhibits thrombosis by inactivating activated factor X and inhibiting conversion of prothrombin to thrombin.

Warfarin (Coumadin)

Inhibits synthesis of vitamin K–dependent coagulation factors (factors II, VII, IX, X).


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