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    Journal of Cardiovascular Disease Research, 2012; 3(2):135-137
    CARDIOTHORACIC SURGERY | doi:10.4103/0975-3583.95369

    Acute superior vena cava obstruction due to tight pericardial closure following congenital defect repair


    Prashant N. Mohite, Sandip Singh Rana, Jitendeep Singh, Kunal D. Kotkar, G. D. Puri, S. K. Sodhi

    Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular surgery, Post Graduation Institute of Medical Education and Research, Sector - 12, Chandigarh - 160 012, India.


    The obstruction of the superior vena cava (SVC) of acute onset nature following surgery is a rare and serious condition. The tight closure of the pericardium over the heart during surgical procedures may cause external compression on the SVC. Echocardiography and Computed tomography (CT) scan aids in the diagnosis. Cutting open the pericardial stitches relieves the condition.

    Key words:Pericardial closure,superior vena cava,superior vena cava obstruction.