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Does Thoracic Outlet Syndrome Affect People At Any Age
Does surgery for neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome have good results? Do people return to normal activity?
It can be fine: You need a competent surgeon and clear evidence that this is the correct diagnosis and no other option is available. The surgery can be very beneficial. ...Read more
Having a hard time finding any success stories for people who have had a rib resected for thoracic outlet syndrome. Does this surgery work?
Symptoms improve: TOS surgery can provide good relief of referred symptoms; however, there are many variables. The severity of the condition prior to surgical release and the health of the patient. With an accurate diagnosis and good surgical technique without complication there is a good chance that symptoms related to TOS will resolve. ...Read more
Narrowing of space: Thoracic outlet syndrome is narrowng of the space between the first rib and the anterior scalene muscle. The axillary vein and artery and brachial plexus nerve passes through this space. Narowing the space can pinch the artery, vein, nerve or all of the above. Also, a rare, abnormal cervical rib can cause the same problems. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Possibly!: Compression of nerves and blood vessels can be caused by an extra cervical rib (above the first rib) or an abnormal tight band of tissue connecting the spinal vertebra to the rib. Many patients have injured the area in the past or overused the shoulder. Increased muscle mass can increase the chances of thoracic outlet syndrome. On the other hand, appropriate physical therapy may help relieve it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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