Korean J Obstet Gynecol.  2012 Oct;55(10):761-765.

Superior vena cava syndrome secondary to hickman catheter in the advanced cervical cancer patient treated with concurrent chemoradiotherapy: A case report

  • 1Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. dsbae@skku.edu


Most of superior vena cava syndrome are caused by malignant tumors involving the mediastinum (usually lung cancer or lymphoma). However, iatrogenic cause has become more important since it has become common to utilize long-term central venous catheters for chemotherapy or hyperalimentation therapy. Although the cancer patients are also at relatively high risk, there are only few case reports of superior vena cava syndrome in gynecologic cancer. We present a case of iatrogenic superior vena cava syndrome related with Hickman catheter in advanced cervical cancer patient treated with concurrent chemoradiotherapy.


Superior vena cava syndrome; Central venous catheter; Hickman catheter; Chemoradiotherapy; Cervical neoplasm

MeSH Terms

Central Venous Catheters
Lung Neoplasms
Superior Vena Cava Syndrome
Uterine Cervical Neoplasms
Vena Cava, Superior


  • Fig. 1 Normal chest X-ray findings.

  • Fig. 2 Chest computed tomography revealed thrombosis in superior vena cava, right subclavian vein, left brachiocephalic vein and azygous vein without evidence of cancer metastasis.


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