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Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
Types,Causes, Symptoms, Risk Factors, Complications, Prevention, Diagnosis and Treatment

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What are the symptoms of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome?

Major symptoms which are indicative of this condition are:

  • Muscle wasting
  • Numbness
  • Pain in neck, shoulder or hand
  • Weakening of grip
  • Discoloration of the hand
  • Arm pain and swelling
  • A blood clot in veins
  • Weak or no pulse in the affected arm
  • Cold fingers
  • Arm fatigue
  • Lump near the collarbone

What are the Risk Factors of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome?

Factors that make an individual susceptible to the development of this condition are:

  • Gender: Females are more susceptible to the development of this condition.
  • Age: It is more common in adults between the ages of 20 and 40 years.
  • Heavy lifting or usage of the upper extremities or weight lifting.
  • Obesity

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome: What are the Symptoms, Risk Factors and Complications

What are the complications of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome?

Patients not receiving a timely treatment of this condition may face certain complications such as:

  • Permanent swelling and pain in the arm
  • Ischemic ulcers of the fingers
  • Development of gangrene
  • Blood clot
  • Pulmonary embolism
References: 
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. Mayo Clinic. Available at: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/thoracic-outlet-syndrome/symptoms-causes/syc-20353988 Accessed on June 14th, 2020.
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. Cleveland Clinic. Available at: https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/17553-thoracic-outlet-syndrome-tos Accessed on June 14th, 2020.
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. Healthline. Available at: https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/thoracic-outlet-syndrome Accessed on June 14th, 2020.
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. Healthline. Available at: https://www.healthline.com/health/thoracic-outlet-syndrome Accessed on June 14th, 2020.
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