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McCleery syndrome is a subtype of venous thoracic outlet syndrome with symptoms resulting from compression of the subclavian vein without thrombosis (in contrast to Paget-Schroetter syndrome).
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Patients with McCleery syndrome present with intermittent obstruction of the subclavian vein that results in upper-limb swelling and discolouration 1.
McCleery syndrome, like other venous thoracic outlet syndromes, results from compression of the subclavian vein as it exits the chest over the first rib, below the clavicle and between the subclavius tendon and anterior scalene muscle 1.
These are discussed in the parent article, venous thoracic outlet syndrome.
Treatment and prognosis
To avoid eventual thrombosis, surgical decompression is often recommended 1.
History and etymology
The condition was first described by Charles W. McLaughlin Jr. in 1939, but it was not until 1951 that McCleery et al fully described the syndrome 2.
- 1. Kendall Likes, Danielle H. Rochlin, Diana Call, Julie A. Freischlag. McCleery Syndrome: Etiology and Outcome. (2013) Vascular and Endovascular Surgery. doi:10.1177/1538574413512380
- 2. McCleery RS, Kesterson JE, Kirtley JA, Love RB. Subclavius and anterior scalene muscle compression as a cause of intermittent obstruction of the subclavian vein. Ann Surg. 1951;133(5):588-601.