Thoracic outlet syndrome caused by fibrous dysplasia of the first rib

Clinton D. Kemp, Gregory D. Rushing, Nemanja Rodic, Edward McCarthy, Stephen C. Yang

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Fibrous dysplasia causing thoracic outlet syndrome is rare. A 41-year-old woman presented with neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome with imaging that demonstrated a large tumor of her proximal left first rib. Transaxillary excision was unsuccessful due to involvement of the subclavian vasculature and brachial plexus. Subsequent posterolateral thoracotomy and resection of her first rib revealed fibrous dysplasia. Thoracotomy should be considered in these cases for optimal vascular control and identification of thoracic outlet anatomy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)994-996
Number of pages3
JournalAnnals of Thoracic Surgery
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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