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vena cava


The compression is partially blocking the superior vena cava.
  either of two large veins that return oxygen-depleted blood to the right atrium of the heart
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The inferior or posterior vena cava brings blood from the lower body; while the superior or anterior vena cava brings blood from the upper body.
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  • The compression is partially blocking the superior vena cava.
  • Sutures—stitches—get sewn into the aorta, the superior vena cava, and the inferior vena cava.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • Grand mal obstruction to the vena cava.
    Nicole Krauss  --  The History of Love
  • But he also had a tear to the inferior vena cava where it goes behind the liver.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone

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  • I couldn’t stop it unless I clamped the inferior vena cava, which would kill him.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • Sutures—stitches—get sewn into the aorta, the superior vena cava, and the inferior vena cava.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • You remember Professor Asrat used to say that injuries to the vena cava behind the liver are when the surgeon sees God?
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • I skipped over the part about how her heart would be removed: the inferior and superior vena cava divided, then the aorta.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • Then the inferior vena cava, then the superior vena cava, then the pulmonary artery, and finally, the aorta.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • The vena cava is torn for sure.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone

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  • In some people, the inferior vena cava barely indents the back of the liver.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • In our patient, the vena cava was swathed by liver like a pig in a blanket.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • Deepak put a purse-string suture around the right atrium, the upper chamber of the heart that received blood from the vena cava.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • I saw the inferior vena cava distend, like a garden hose filling with water.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • "The tube serves as a stent for the inferior vena cava," Deepak said, leaning over to look from below.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • Thomas Stone, true to his word, paved the way for publication of Deepak’s study on injuries to the vena cava.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • The hepatic veins have the task of taking all the spent blood that has filtered through the liver and returning it to the heart via the vena cava.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • Then the inferior vena cava, then the superior vena cava, then the pulmonary artery, and finally, the aorta.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • When Junior went airborne, then hit the pavement, his liver kept traveling; its momentum tore the short veins that anchored it to the vena cava, leaving a jagged rent.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • This was where the inferior vena cava, the largest vein in the body, carried blood back from the lower limbs and trunk, running through and behind the liver on its way to the heart.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • Then he slid his newly fashioned tube into the atrium, using the purse string to cinch the tissue around the tube which he pushed down through the orifice of the inferior vena cava, and down to where our problem was.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • One advantage of Deepak’s decision to give me Shiva’s right lobe was that it fit more naturally under the dome of my diaphragm, and its hilum—the place where the vessels entered—was oriented more naturally toward the vena cava.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • To get the right lobe free, he also had to cut through liver tissue and disconnect the hepatic veins at the back where they joined the vena cava—the dark side of the liver, the place where the surgeon might "see God" if there was bleeding.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • It was still very high risk, but by publishing their experience with such tricks as bypassing portal blood to the superior vena cava during the long surgery, or using the "University of Wisconsin solution" to better preserve cadaver livers, results were improving.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
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Associated words [difficulty]:   vena cava [6] , aorta [6] , atria [4] , aorta [6] , normal blood pressure [6] , ventricles [6] , fibrillation [8] , diastole [9] , systole [9]
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