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July 1974

Cystic Medial NecrosisA Correctable Cause of the Superior Vena Cava Syndrome

Arch Surg. 1974;109(1):84-86. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1974.01360010062015

Twenty-five percent (3/12) of patients recently operated on for ascending aortic aneurysms secondary to cystic medial necrosis had significant obstruction of the superior vena cava that was corrected by repair of the aneurysm. Roentgenograms are useful in outlining the mechanism of obstruction.