Thoracic outlet syndrome

Case contributed by Brendan Cullinane


Vague neuropathic symptoms in the left arm. History of a motor vehicle accident.

Patient Data

Age: 55 years
Gender: Female

Compression of the left subclavian artery beneath the clavicle with the patient's arm in extreme abduction, suggesting thoracic outlet syndrome with arterial involvement.

Image 1: left subclavian artery waveform with the arm adducted and at rest.

Image 2: with the arm in extreme abduction, the velocity within the left subclavian artery more than triples at the lateral edge of the clavicle, suggesting compression beneath the clavicle. There was no evidence of compression in the subcoracoid region or at the scalene muscles (not shown).

Image 3: marked damping of the waveform in the lateral left subclavian artery with the arm in extreme abduction.

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Case information

rID: 18203
Published: 10th May 2019
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
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