Does thoracic outlet syndrome run in the family?

Not usually. Tos may be associated with structural issues such as a cervical rib, but, in my experience, it is acquired by an episode of trauma, or a gradual deterioration. There seems no genetic susceptibility or causation, and usually there are no familial links.

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Is thoracic outlet syndrome fatal?

No. There is no known mortality associated with thoracic outlet syndrome, but complications can arise during surgical treatment. Read more...
No. Thoracic outlet syndrome is not a fatal illness at all. It is symptoms of pain, numbness, tingling, and weakness in the hand and arm due to compression of the nerves or blood vessels in the neck that are going to the hand and arm. Read more...
No. Treatments should be guided by a physical therapist & include reestablishment of superior trapezius muscle strength, reduction of shoulder girdle muscle spasms, & reduced shoulder sloping.  yoga, massage, corticosteroid injection, iontophoresis, phonophoresis, and biofeedback are useful.  exercises undertaken in warm water (aqua therapy) is preferable to land-based physical therapy. Not fatal. Read more...

What's neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome?

TOS. Thoracic outlet may affect nerves in the brachial plexus, or the veins and arteries passing from the neck into the chest wall. If the problem spares the blood vessels, and affects the nerves only, causing pain, numbness, tingling, weakness, then the classification describes "neurogenic" tos. This is by far the most common presentation, and can be confirmed by sophisticated EMG testing. Read more...
Nerve symptoms. Tos caused by nerve ; artery impingement as pass through costoclavicular dimension between clavicle (collar bone) ; top first rib; space about one centimeter in life. When joints ; muscles of shoulder girdle injured, space prematurely closes with arm raising. Nerve symptoms are tingling ; numbness pinky side of hand ; forearm. Artery symptoms of hand coolness ; ischemia. Nerve symptoms dramatic. Read more...

Is surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome curative?

Type of TOS? Patients with cervical rib, arterial TOS, or Venous TOS may require surgery. Only about 10-15% of patients with symptomatic TOS come to surgery. Success rate somewhere in the 90% range for appropriately chosen patients. Most patients respond to therapy and/or medications. Read more...