Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
1. This drawing shows the anatomy of the thoracic outlet and notes the compression of key structures.
2. Using dye being photographed through the veins, one can see where blockage occurs.
3. Using special catheters, a balloon is inflated at the site of compression (Left with blockage, right post balloon expansion)
4. Compression of the internal jugular vein is common in TOS and balloon expansion may help with symptoms.
Further work on the causes and treatment of TOS will continue in an effort to bring relief to the patients suffering from this condition.
If you have persistent arm and neck pain, or suffer from persistent headaches, call DFW Vascular today and set up an appointment to meet with one of their surgeons. A straight-forward, office-based (outpatient) procedure may be the solution to years of pain and discomfort.
Click here for more information on TOS from the Society for Vascular Surgery, or view Dr. Feldtman’s presentation.