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What is Thoracic outlet syndrome?

What is Thoracic outlet syndrome?

  • Thoracic outlet syndrome: Pinched shoulder/arm nerve.
  • Thoracic outlet syndrome: A neurovascular syndrome associated with compression of the BRACHIAL PLEXUS; SUBCLAVIAN ARTERY; and SUBCLAVIAN VEIN at the superior thoracic outlet. This may result from a variety of anomalies such as a cervical rib (CERVICAL RIB SYNDROME), anomalous fascial bands, and abnormalities of the origin or insertion of the anterior or medial scalene muscles. Clinical features may include pain in the shoulder and neck region which radiates into the arm, PARESIS or PARALYSIS of brachial plexus innervated muscles, PARESTHESIA, loss of sensation, reduction of arterial pulses in the affected extremity, ISCHEMIA, and EDEMA. (Adams et al., Principles of Neurology, 6th ed, pp214-5).
    Source - Diseases Database
  • Thoracic outlet syndrome: tingling sensations in the fingers; caused by compression on a nerve supplying the arm.
    Source - WordNet 2.1

Thoracic outlet syndrome: Introduction

Types of Thoracic outlet syndrome:

Broader types of Thoracic outlet syndrome:

How serious is Thoracic outlet syndrome?

Prognosis of Thoracic outlet syndrome: Good. Most patients recover with treatment and time.
Complications of Thoracic outlet syndrome: see complications of Thoracic outlet syndrome
Prognosis of Thoracic outlet syndrome: The prognosis for the majority of individuals who receive therapy for thoracic outlet syndrome is good. (Source: excerpt from NINDS Thoracic Outlet Syndrome Information Page: NINDS)

What causes Thoracic outlet syndrome?

Causes of Thoracic outlet syndrome: see causes of Thoracic outlet syndrome
Cause of Thoracic outlet syndrome: Pinching of a brachial plexus nerve or blood vessels from poor posture or physical abnormality.

What are the symptoms of Thoracic outlet syndrome?

Symptoms of Thoracic outlet syndrome: see symptoms of Thoracic outlet syndrome

Complications of Thoracic outlet syndrome: see complications of Thoracic outlet syndrome

Thoracic outlet syndrome: Testing

Misdiagnosis: see misdiagnosis and Thoracic outlet syndrome.

How is it treated?

Treatments for Thoracic outlet syndrome: see treatments for Thoracic outlet syndrome
Research for Thoracic outlet syndrome: see research for Thoracic outlet syndrome

Organs Affected by Thoracic outlet syndrome:

Organs and body systems related to Thoracic outlet syndrome include:

Name and Aliases of Thoracic outlet syndrome

Main name of condition: Thoracic outlet syndrome

Class of Condition for Thoracic outlet syndrome: physical

Other names or spellings for Thoracic outlet syndrome:


Thoracic outlet syndrome: Related Conditions

Research the causes of these diseases that are similar to, or related to, Thoracic outlet syndrome:


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