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If untreated, how much bodily nerve damage can thoracic outlet syndrome cause?

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Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Significant

Thoracic outlet syndrome can be frustrating as the nerve compression can lead to weakness and/or muscle wasting into the arm/upper extremity.
Fortunately, it can be treated with some simple manual medicine techniques(i know because i had the unfortunate circumstance to suffer from it)...So if you can find a reputable osteopath he/she can help you recover.

In brief: Significant

Thoracic outlet syndrome can be frustrating as the nerve compression can lead to weakness and/or muscle wasting into the arm/upper extremity.
Fortunately, it can be treated with some simple manual medicine techniques(i know because i had the unfortunate circumstance to suffer from it)...So if you can find a reputable osteopath he/she can help you recover.
Dr. Paul Cohen
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Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Sometimes after doing what Dr. Cohen advises, in some patients, the axillary artery or vein or both may become severely compressed, in this case vascular surgery intervention may be necessary as well as sometimes removal of a portion of the first rib.
Dr. Ken Yonemura
Neurosurgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: TOS

Although tos is frequently described to involve the anterior scalene, the most common problem is an anterior attachment of the middle scalene to the first rib resulting in compression of the lower trunk of the brachial plexus.
Chronic compression of the lower trunk can result in permanent numbness in the 4th and 5th digits and hand weakness.

In brief: TOS

Although tos is frequently described to involve the anterior scalene, the most common problem is an anterior attachment of the middle scalene to the first rib resulting in compression of the lower trunk of the brachial plexus.
Chronic compression of the lower trunk can result in permanent numbness in the 4th and 5th digits and hand weakness.
Dr. Ken Yonemura
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Dr. David Cooke
Surgery - Thoracic
2 doctors agree

In brief: Different treatments

Thoracic outlet syndrome is a narrowng between the first rib and a muscle called the anterior scalene muscle.
It can cause compression of the artery, vein or nerve. Nerve compression is very common and can cause pain and weakness in the hands. Initial treatment is physical therapy., and ruling ot carpal tunnel syndrome. If that fails, then surgery to remove the first rib can be very effective.

In brief: Different treatments

Thoracic outlet syndrome is a narrowng between the first rib and a muscle called the anterior scalene muscle.
It can cause compression of the artery, vein or nerve. Nerve compression is very common and can cause pain and weakness in the hands. Initial treatment is physical therapy., and ruling ot carpal tunnel syndrome. If that fails, then surgery to remove the first rib can be very effective.
Dr. David Cooke
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Dr. Ken Yonemura
Although TOS is frequently described to involve the anterior scalene, the most common problem is an anterior attachment of the middle scalene to the first rib resulting in compression of the lower trunk of the brachial plexus. Chronic compression of the lower trunk can result in permanent numbness in the 4th and 5th digits and hand weakness.
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