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Case Reports in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Volume 2014, Article ID 415352, 3 pages
Case Report

Delayed Recognition of a Rare Mediastinal Lymphoma Presenting as Postpartum Circulatory Collapse

Intensive Care Unit, Monash Medical Centre and Monash University, 246 Clayton Road, Clayton, Melbourne, VIC 3168, Australia

Received 31 January 2014; Accepted 8 July 2014; Published 4 August 2014

Academic Editor: Mehmet A. Osmanağaoğlu

Copyright © 2014 Jasmina Kevric et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


We report a case of a 29-year-old primigravida at 36 weeks of gestation following an emergency caesarean section, complicated by respiratory distress and multiorgan failure secondary to superior vena cava (SVC) obstruction, requiring intubation and prolonged ventilatory support. The presented case highlights the consequences of delayed recognition of SVC obstruction due to a reluctance to undertake appropriate radiological imaging during pregnancy.