Superior vena caval obstruction managed by the Gianturco Z Stent.


Twenty patients with superior vena caval obstruction (SVCO) due to malignancy were managed using the Gianturco Z Stent. Three patients had adjunctive thrombolysis. The primary clinical success was 90% (18/20 patients). Thirteen patients were free of SVCO to death or follow-up without re-intervention (primary patency = 65%). Three patients had re-intervention for recurrent symptoms, two successfully (secondary long-term patency = 75%). Stenting of the SVC is a valuable, under-used technique for the symptomatic relief of superior vena caval obstruction.


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@article{Gaines1994SuperiorVC, title={Superior vena caval obstruction managed by the Gianturco Z Stent.}, author={Peter Albert Gaines and A M Belli and Paul B. Anderson and Kathleen Dziak McBride and Anne P Hemingway}, journal={Clinical radiology}, year={1994}, volume={49 3}, pages={202-06; discussion 207-8} }