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Acta Phlebologica 2017 April;18(1):17-21

DOI: 10.23736/S1593-232X.17.00384-8


language: English

Venous thoracic outlet syndrome: single center five years experience

Luca TRAINA 1, Serena FREZZA 1, Tiberio ROCCA 1, Pierfilippo ACCIARRI 1, Vincenzo GASBARRO 1, 2, 3

1 Unit of Vascular Surgery, S. Anna Hospital, Ferrara, Italy; 2 Math Tech Med Reaserch Center, University of Ferrara, Ferrara, Italy; 3 C.I.F.L. - International Research and Educational Program in Clinical and Experimental Biotechnology, Ferrara, Italy


BACKGROUND: Patients with thoracic outlet syndrome. can present neurogenic, venous, and/o arterialsymptoms due to compression of the neurovascular structures by the scalene muscle, first rib, or fibrous bands.
METHODS: Twenty-six patients underwent decompressive surgery of the thoracic outlet via the supraclavicular approach. The indication for operation was compression of the subclavian artery in 7 instances (5 females and 2 males, aged 44±9), axillo-subclavian venous thrombosis in 6 instances (5 females and 1 male, aged 22±4), and brachial plexus irritation in 13 instances (9 females and 4 males, aged 35±6). Operation consisted of resection of the anterior scalene and medial aspect of the middle scalene muscles and brachial plexus neurolysis for neurogenic indication, with first rib resection reserved for vascular complications.
RESULTS: Clinical evaluation including a history and physical examination followed by catheter-based venography to confirm or exclude the diagnosis and allowing for immediate treatment using thrombolysis. After thrombolysis, to prevent early recurrent thrombosis, patients should be maintained with systemic anticoagulation and surgery should be performed earlier in patients with severe residual SCV stenosis.
CONCLUSIONS: Early diagnosis and thrombolytic therapy followed by operative first-rib resection produces the most favorable long-term outcome for the patients.

KEY WORDS: Brachial plexus - Subclavian artery - Subclavian vein - Cervical rib

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Issue published online: July 27, 2017
Manuscript accepted: June 22, 2017
Manuscript received: May 4, 2017

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Traina L, Frezza S, Rocca T, Acciarri P, Gasbarro V. Venous thoracic outlet syndrome: single center five years experience. Acta Phlebol 2017;18:17-21. DOI: 10.23736/S1593-232X.17.00384-8

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