Essentials and Safeguards of Surgery for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

Roos, David B.
March 1981
Angiology;Mar1981, Vol. 32 Issue 3, p187
Academic Journal
The article discusses essentials and safeguards of surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome. Symptoms that usually fail to respond to "conservatism" include sensory complaints of persistent coldness, paraesthesias, and intolerable pain; and the motor involvement of progressive weakness, fatigue, and dyscoordination of the hand. The most effective basic operation is the transaxillary resection of the first thoracic rib and all anomalous structures in the thoracic outlet. This procedure requires meticulous technique with special attention to fine details to achieve the best results with the least complications.


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