Superior vena cava syndrome caused by a swollen absorbable haemostat after repair of ischaemic mitral regurgitation

Koki Eto, Mitsuaki Matsumoto, Yoji Kubo, Reiko Kemmochi

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Abstract

Surgicel, an absorbable haemostat, is widely used in cardiovascular surgery. An 81-year-old woman, who was diagnosed with ischaemic mitral regurgitation, underwent mitral valve plasty and coronary artery bypass grafting. On postoperative day two, her superior vena cava (SVC) pressure gradually rose to 38 mmHg and she developed low output syndrome. Emergent surgery revealed that the cause of SVC syndrome was external compression from a haematoma at the posterior surface of the SVC, which formed around the Surgicel.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1
JournalJournal of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Volume9
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 3 2014
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Cardiovascular surgery
  • External compression
  • Haematoma
  • SVC syndrome
  • Surgicel

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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