Brief clinical report| Volume 75, ISSUE 4, P613-616, April 1974

Inferior vena caval obstruction caused by expansion of an abdominal aortic aneurysm: Report of a case and review of the literature

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      Lateral vena caval displacement without caval obstruction occurs in a great majority of patients with expanding abdominal aortic aneurysms. In the patient described in this report, caval displacement was prevented by preexisting dense fibrous adhesions which may have resulted from previous aneurysmal leaks. Symptomatic vena caval obstruction occurred between the expanding aneurysm and the lateral adhesions. To our knowledge, this represents the first angiographically proved case of vena caval obstruction caused by aortic aneurysmal expansion.
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