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Are vascular conditions a common complication of thoracic outlet syndrome?
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Aaron Stupple
General Practice
3 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
The thoracic outlet is notable for the presence of arteries, veins, and nerves.
This outlet may be compressed to various degrees by various means (position, abnormal anatomy, tumor), impairing arterial blood supply to, or veinous drainage of, the arm. Also, there may be supply/drain complications to the brain. Symptoms include pain, swelling, numbness of the arm, and potentially lightheadedness.

In brief: Yes
The thoracic outlet is notable for the presence of arteries, veins, and nerves.
This outlet may be compressed to various degrees by various means (position, abnormal anatomy, tumor), impairing arterial blood supply to, or veinous drainage of, the arm. Also, there may be supply/drain complications to the brain. Symptoms include pain, swelling, numbness of the arm, and potentially lightheadedness.
Aaron Stupple
Aaron Stupple
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Dr. Joel Gotvald
Surgery - Vascular
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS) can affect the nerves, arteries, or veins that travel from the chest into the arm that is affected.
Although over 80% of TOS is neurogenic & only affects the nerves, 20% of TOS patients have vein damage that leads to blood clots or vein obstruction or artery narrowing that can also lead to chronic discomfort or numbness in the affecting arm or hand. See vascular MD

In brief: Yes
Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS) can affect the nerves, arteries, or veins that travel from the chest into the arm that is affected.
Although over 80% of TOS is neurogenic & only affects the nerves, 20% of TOS patients have vein damage that leads to blood clots or vein obstruction or artery narrowing that can also lead to chronic discomfort or numbness in the affecting arm or hand. See vascular MD
Dr. Joel Gotvald
Dr. Joel Gotvald
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Dr. Michael Korona
Radiology - Interventional
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In brief: Can be
Where arteries and veins exit the chest, there can be pressure on the arteries and veins with resulting narrowing of these vessels.
Go to pubmed health to see full discussion.

In brief: Can be
Where arteries and veins exit the chest, there can be pressure on the arteries and veins with resulting narrowing of these vessels.
Go to pubmed health to see full discussion.
Dr. Michael Korona
Dr. Michael Korona
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