Thoracic outlet syndrome

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Thoracic outlet syndrome

Thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS) describes a group of conditions that are characterized by compression of the nerves, arteries, and veins in the lower neck and upper chest area. This can result in pain in the arms, shoulders, and neck. Currently, there is considerable disagreement about its diagnosis and treatment. A number of disorders have symptoms similar to those of TOS, including rotator cuff injuries, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, complex regional pain syndrome, and tumors of the syrinx or spinal cord. Symptoms of this condition vary depending on the type. The different types include neurogenic, venous, and arterial thoracic outlet syndrome. There are many different causes of TOC. Symptoms usually occur between 20 and 50 years of age.
 

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The terms "Thoracic outlet syndrome" returned 106 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Museum Image: Thoracic Outlet Syndrome.
 

Author(s): Kunal Kumar, Stephanie Coulter, Benjamin Cheong

Journal: Methodist Debakey Cardiovasc J. ;11(2):145.

 

Last Updated: 26 Aug 2015

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Neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome due to subclavius posticus muscle with dynamic brachial plexus compression: a case report.
 

Author(s): Julia Muellner, Alain Kaelin-Lang, Oliver Pfeiffer, Marwan Mohamed El-Koussy

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Neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome is an underestimated cause of brachial weakness and pain. The subclavius posticus muscle (SPM) is an aberrant muscle originating from the medial aspect of the first rib reaching to superior border of the scapula, which may cause, depending on its ...

Last Updated: 13 Aug 2015

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[Clinical diagnostic features of surgical treatment for thoracic outlet syndrome].
 

Author(s): R Muin, R K Magomedov, I I Tsuladze

Journal: Zh Vopr Neirokhir Im N N Burdenko. 2015 ;79(2):55-63.

 

The thoracic outlet syndrome is characterized by a variety of clinical signs due to multiple causes resulting in compression of a neurovascular bundle in a relatively narrow anatomical space. Despite the frequently encountered clinical symptoms, inadequate attention is paid to their ...

Last Updated: 7 Jul 2015

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The terms "Thoracic outlet syndrome" returned 8 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Challenges in the treatment of thoracic outlet syndrome.
 

Author(s): Robert W Thompson

Journal: Tex Heart Inst J. 2012 ;39(6):842-3.

 

Last Updated: 10 Jan 2013

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A review of thoracic outlet syndrome and the possible role of botulinum toxin in the treatment of this syndrome.
 

Author(s): Jacqueline Mary Foley, Heather Finlayson, Andrew Travlos

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The objective of this paper is to discuss the classification, diagnosis, pathophysiology and management of Thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS). Thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS) is a complex entity that is characterized by different neurovascular signs and symptoms involving the upper limb. ...

Last Updated: 3 Dec 2012

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Thoracic outlet syndrome: definition, aetiological factors, diagnosis, management and occupational impact.
 

Author(s): Jacky Laulan, Bernard Fouquet, Camille Rodaix, Penelope Jauffret, Yves Roquelaure, Alexis Descatha

Journal: J Occup Rehabil. 2011 Sep;21(3):366-73.

 

Thoracic outlet syndrome is a controversial cause of neck and shoulder pain due to complex mechanisms involving muscular dysfunction and nerve compression. Although management of thoracic outlet syndrome must be based on a multidisciplinary approach, physicians and occupational therapist ...

Last Updated: 15 Sep 2011

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Study Assessing The "Best of" Radiotherapy vs the "Best of" Surgery in Patients With Oropharyngeal Carcinoma
 

Status: Not yet recruiting

Condition Summary: Oropharyngeal Cancer

 

Last Updated: 5 Dec 2016

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