Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Svc Syndrome Incidence

Facts about superior vena cava syndrome:

  • Superior vena cava syndrome is rare.
  • In the US, superior vena cava syndrome occurs in about 5-10 percent of those who have a cancerous tumor in the right lung.
  • It is most common in those between 40 and 60 years old.

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Last Updated: Aug 6, 2008 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Svc Syndrome References
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