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Are vascular conditions a common complication of thoracic outlet syndrome?

Are vascular conditions a common complication of thoracic outlet syndrome?

Yes: The thoracic outlet is notable for the presence of arteries, veins, and nerves. This outlet may be compressed to various degrees by various means (position, abnormal anatomy, tumor), impairing arterial blood supply to, or veinous drainage of, the arm. Also, there may be supply/drain complications to the brain. Symptoms include pain, swelling, numbness of the arm, and potentially lightheadedness. ...Read more

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Dr. Joel Gotvald
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Vascular Disease (Definition)

Vascular disease is also known as Vascular conditions. Vascular disease is a condition in a person has damage to his large blood vessels, small blood vessels, or both. The damage causes partial or complete blockage of vessels, and leads to organ damage. Causes include high blood pressure, ...Read more


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Can poor circulation associated with thoracic outlet syndrome cause complications?

Can poor circulation associated with thoracic outlet syndrome cause complications?

RISKS: If you have experienced artery or vein compression due to tos, and possess a cervical rib, there is risk of possible local blood clotting, and, on rare occasions, strokes have occurred. Since this can be very complex, and may be benign or more dangerous, best to have a very experienced thoracic outlet surgeon evaluate the blood vessels fully. ...Read more

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What is the most common cause of thoracic outlet syndrome?

Narrow space: The most common cause is a narrow space between the first rib and a muscle tendon from the anterior scalene muscle. Other causes included an aberrent cervical rib. ...Read more

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How common is thoracic outlet syndrome?

How common is thoracic outlet syndrome?

Not very common: Three manisfestations: 1. Pinching of the artery leading to the arm and hand (most common) 2. Pinching of the vein leading to the arm and hand, resulting in swelling (next common) 3. Pinching of the nerve resulting in various types of pain (not very common). ...Read more

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What causes recurrent thoracic outlet syndrome and is it common?

What causes recurrent thoracic outlet syndrome and is it common?

Extra rib or injury: It is caused by pressure on the nerves veins and possibly arteries of the arm where the first rib and clavicle meet ...Read more

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Is a second operation for thoracic outlet syndrome common?

TOS: TOS is complex and usually responds to physical therapy. Before surgery, multiple tests and physical therapy are done. If you continue with symptoms after a TOS operation, you may need more evaluation, possibly a second opinion before consenting to a second operation. Take a friend with you to consult. Be well. ...Read more

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Is it common to return to sports after surgery for neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome?

Is it common to return to sports after surgery for neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome?

With care: 21yo male w. concern return to sport post-surgery for neurogenic Thoacic Outlet Syndrome, TOS. Aircraft mechanics, house painters & major league pitchers prone to TOS. Repetitive overhead work overdevelops muscles of inferior clavicle/scapula draw while superior trapezius, ST, loses mass & tone; leading to costoclavicular-clavicular dimension closure w. abduction. Solution: shrug exercises of ST. ...Read more

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Anyone out there ever treat thoracic outlet syndrome?

Yes: There are three major types. The most common is related to pain and nerve compression. This one responds to physical therapy sometimes. The other two types may involve the artery or vein. These are less common. The treatment can be a bit controversial, espescially the nerve compression type. See a surgeon experienced in thoracic outlet disease such as a vascular or cardiothoracic surgeon. ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (Definition)

Thoracic outlet Syndrome is a medical condition caused by compression of the nerves and blood vessels that run in the neck. Symptoms include pain in the neck and shoulder, numbness and tingling of the fingers, ...Read more


Dr. Joel Gotvald
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Vascular Conditions (Definition)

Vascular conditions are abnormal conditions of the blood vessels. Smoking cigarettes is a major risk ...Read more