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Case Reports in Vascular Medicine
Volume 2012, Article ID 469619, 4 pages
Case Report

Catheter-Induced Thrombosis of the Superior Vena Cava

Department of Cardiology, Civic Hospital, 57023 Cecina, Italy

Received 29 September 2012; Accepted 16 October 2012

Academic Editors: J.-W. Chen, N. Espinola-Zavaleta, and L. Masotti

Copyright © 2012 Elio Venturini 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.


There has been an increase in the use of central venous catheters (CVCs) in clinical practice. One of the most dangerous complications associated with their use is symptomatic or asymptomatic thrombosis (T), sometimes associated with superior vena cava (SVC) syndrome, resulting from impaired venous drainage. The right heart clots can induce an increased risk of mortality due the potential pulmonary embolism (PE). We report a case of asymptomatic 83-year-old woman in whom the thrombosis was detected after an echocardiogram. Echocardiography demonstrated a cardiac mass, and the T was confirmed by (magnetic resonance imaging) MRI. The clinical scenario, a high index of suspicion and routine use of echocardiogram in patients with CVC, can lead to a correct diagnosis, preventing dangerous complications.