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Can thoracic outlet syndrome kill you by damaging important nerves and arteries?

4 doctors weighed in
Dr. David Cooke
Surgery - Thoracic
2 doctors agree

In brief: Not definitely

Thoracic outlet syndrome can have a profound affect on quality of life, by impinging on either the artery, vein or nerve near the first rib.
Removal of the first rib, either via the arm pit (axilla) or neck can alleviate those symptoms.

In brief: Not definitely

Thoracic outlet syndrome can have a profound affect on quality of life, by impinging on either the artery, vein or nerve near the first rib.
Removal of the first rib, either via the arm pit (axilla) or neck can alleviate those symptoms.
Dr. David Cooke
Dr. David Cooke
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In brief: Usually not

But, if you are compressing a vein or artery and there is a resultant embolism to brain circulation, significant risk of stroke and potential brain hemorrhage changes the situation and this could be life threatening.

In brief: Usually not

But, if you are compressing a vein or artery and there is a resultant embolism to brain circulation, significant risk of stroke and potential brain hemorrhage changes the situation and this could be life threatening.
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Dr. Robert Vogt Lowell
Pediatrics - Cardiology

In brief: Probably not

Although it can cause significant disability (extremity numbness, weakness, etc.
) if not attended to. Physical therapy helps in many people and sometimes removing the first rib and removing scar tissue can significantly improve more severely affected patients.

In brief: Probably not

Although it can cause significant disability (extremity numbness, weakness, etc.
) if not attended to. Physical therapy helps in many people and sometimes removing the first rib and removing scar tissue can significantly improve more severely affected patients.
Dr. Robert Vogt Lowell
Dr. Robert Vogt Lowell
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