vena caval syndrome
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vena caval syndrome[ve´nah ka´val]
partial occlusion of the vena cava and the descending aorta by uterine contents, resulting in hypotension when in a supine position; it is corrected by assuming a side-lying position. Called also supine hypotension.
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