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Thoracic outlet syndrome is a condition wherein the brachial plexus is compressed by an extra rib or by fibrous bands near the clavicle (collar bone) and rib. Symptoms include numbness, tingling, and weakness of the arm. In some cases, the blood vessels beside the brachial plexus are also compressed, resulting in a weakened pulse and purplish discoloration when the arm is raised.

Surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome involves removing the fibrous bands, extra rib, or the other structures that are causing compression.







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