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What does this mean: cervical rib and thoracic outlet syndrome?

What does this mean: cervical rib and thoracic outlet syndrome?

Nerves are pinched: Thoracic outlet is the result of the big nerves and blood vessels in the neck and chest being pinched by the muscles and bones at the top of the rib cage as they exit towards the arms. A cervical rib is just one cause of this problem. It can be treated with physical therapy or surgery. ...Read more

Cervical (Definition)

Cervical relates to the first seven vertebra of the spine. It is related it the neck. Also it refers to the muscular opening/exit of ...Read more


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What is the link between a ?Cervical rib and thoracic outlet syndrome?

What is the link between a ?Cervical rib and thoracic outlet syndrome?

Varies: Many people remain asymptomatic with a cervical rib. The most severe complication is thoracic outlet syndrome caused by compression of the brachial plexus (weakness in affected arm) and/or subclavian artery (decreased pulses in affected arm). ...Read more

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What are symptoms of a cervical rib?

What are symptoms of a cervical rib?

Varies: Many people remain asymptomatic with a cervical rib. The most severe complication is thoracic outlet syndrome caused by compression of the brachial plexus (weakness in affected arm) and/or subclavian artery (decreased pulses in affected arm). ...Read more

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What are complications of having a cervical rib?

What are complications of having a cervical rib?

Varies: Many people remain asymptomatic with a cervical rib. The most severe complication is thoracic outlet syndrome caused by compression of the brachial plexus (weakness in affected arm) and/or subclavian artery (decreased pulses in affected arm). ...Read more

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What needs to be done if you have a?Cervical? Rib ?

What needs to be done if you have a?Cervical? Rib ?

Depends: If it's a symptomatic then nothing is needed. If it is, i'd recommend seeing a cardio thoracic surgeon or orthopedic surgeon that specializes in this area. ...Read more

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What is? The significance?Of a ?Small left sided cervical rib?

Is it symptomatic?: We generally don't treat cervical ribs unless they are causing a problem. If they cause pain or disability, anti inflamatory drugs or manipulation may help. If it is still a problem surgery may be indicated. ...Read more

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My Chest X-ray "there are very small bilateral either C7 cervical rib or mildly prominent transverse processes at C7." What does this mean?

My Chest X-ray "there are very small bilateral either C7 cervical rib or mildly prominent transverse processes at C7." What does this mean?

Usually coincidental: But if you have compression over the brachial plexus in the shoulder, causing neurogenic or vascular thoracic outlet syndrome, leading to arm pain, numbness, weakness, then a question of mechanical effect is relevant. Sometimes, surgical excision is the best solution for such an impact. ...Read more

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I have been having pain on the top of my left shoulder that is worse when I breathe in Also occasional pain in arm and hand Could it be cervical rib?

I have been having pain on the top of my left shoulder that is worse when I breathe in Also occasional pain in arm and hand Could it be cervical rib?

TOS: It could be. One simple test to try is to try and find your pulse in that arm with the arm at rest. Then continue to check the pulse as you raise that are overhead. IF you loose the pulse or it becomes very weak, then you should see see a specialist for evaluation. Be sure they have experience with thoracic outlet syndrome. Good luck. ...Read more

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Why do some people have extra cervical ribs?

Unknown: You are born with them.The ethiology as to why you are born with them is unknown. ...Read more

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Im waiting to have one of my cervical ribs removed haw long is recovery afther this?

Variable: This can be a quite painful procedure. Even in experienced hands you can expect some significant initial pain. It partly depends on how much dissection is required and the route taken to remove the cervical rib. ...Read more

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What is the?Treatment for cervical rib?

Is it symptomatic?: We generally don't treat cervical ribs unless they are causing a problem. If they cause pain or disability, anti inflamatory drugs or manipulation may help. If it is still a problem surgery may be indicated. ...Read more

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Should I get surgery for a?Cervical rib?

Depend: Depend upon what symptoms is producing you.If the symptoms are svere(such as vascular or nerve compression)the answer is yes, however if symptoms are mild usually therapy(physical) can help without the surgery. ...Read more

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I would like help regarding cervical ribs & lungs?

Help: Please re-ask and be more specific about what you would like to know. For an in-depth discussion consider discussing with your medical provider or asking a provider on Healthtap Prime or Concierge. ...Read more