The following tests may be done to diagnose SVCS and find the location of the blockage:
The type of cancer can affect the type of treatment needed; for this reason, a diagnosis of suspected cancer should be made before treatment of SVCS is begun. Unless the airway is blocked or the brain is swelling, waiting to start treatment while a diagnosis is made usually presents no problem in adults. If lung cancer is suspected, a sputum sample and a biopsy may be taken.
Superior vena cava syndrome in children is a medical emergency because the child's windpipe can become blocked.read more
Common symptoms of superior vena cava syndrome include breathing problems and coughing.read more