, Volume 15, Issue 1, pp 14-21
Date: 23 Nov 2010

Updated Perspectives on Neurogenic Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

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Abstract

Pain represents a foremost feature of neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome (NTOS). Similar to other persistent pain conditions, the physical discomfort associated with NTOS can cause severe and often debilitating symptoms. In fact, those suffering from the syndrome report a quality of life impacted as significantly as those with chronic heart failure. This evidence-based literature review focuses on the classification, etiology, clinical presentation, diagnostic measures, and surgical treatment of NTOS, with a focus on nonoperative therapies such as physical modalities, pharmacological therapies, and more contemporary minimally invasive intramuscular treatments with botulinum toxin.

An erratum to this article can be found at http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11916-011-0179-1