The thoracic outlet
is the opening between the scalene muscles and the rib cage.
Although most patients with PagetSchroetter syndrome have isolated vascular compression, some may also have symptoms of thoracic outlet
obstruction such as paresthesias and muscle weakness.
11) When evaluating a patient with neurologic symptoms, the presence of a cervical rib and associated thoracic outlet
syndrome should be investigated.
But she stopped seeing the pain specialist who came into the picture in mid-2003, and the thoracic outlet
Innovative approaches to management, such as the thoracic outlet
syndrome, are presented.
Kober diagnosed the patient with thoracic outlet
syndrome (TOS), a nerve compression syndrome in which the nerves are compressed as they pass over the first rib going to the arm.
Among the medical problems NASS physicians treat are: (spine) herniated disc, spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis, fusion/instrumentation, fractures, spinal tumors, and kyphoplasty/vertebroplasty; (brain-cerebrovascular) carotid endarterectomy, cerebral aneurysm, AVM; (brain-oncologic) brain tumors, stereotactic surgery, stereotactic radiosurgery/X-ray knife; (brain-hydrocephalus) venticuloperitoneal shunt, colloid cyst; (brain-miscellaneous) head trauma, subdural hematoma, chiari malformation; (peripheral nerve) carpal tunnel syndrome, ulnar nerve transposition, nerve sheath tumors, thoracic outlet
syndrome; (pain and spasticity) spinal stimulator, morphine pump, and baclofen pump.
Chapter One, "Nerve Problems in the Neck, Shoulders, Arms and Hands," explains carpal tunnel, nerve injury, thoracic outlet
syndrome, fibromyalgia and repetitive strain injury.
Bottom line: This can cut down or prevent such costly injuries as carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, tenosynovitis, tennis elbow and thoracic outlet
syndrome, among others.
Last May, she was diagnosed with thoracic outlet
syndrome, which is caused by pressure on one of 12 thoracic nerves in the neck that restricts the flow of blood to the wrist and arm.
syndrome - This involves compression of the nerves and blood vessels between the neck and shoulder.
syndrome (TOS) refers to compression of the neurovascular bundles at the point between the neck and axilla (1).