What is the prevalence of thoracic outlet syndrome?

Updated: Jan 10, 2019
  • Author: Daryl A Rosenbaum, MD; Chief Editor: Sherwin SW Ho, MD  more...
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The wide variability of symptoms and signs in patients with thoracic outlet syndrome and the lack of an objective confirmatory test for the diagnosis makes correctly identifying patients with thoracic outlet syndrome difficult. [10] Therefore, determining its exact incidence remains elusive; estimates range from 3-80 cases per 1000 population. [11] Thoracic outlet syndrome is more common in women, particularly those with poor muscular development, poor posture, or both. [12]

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