What is the prognosis of thoracic outlet syndrome?

Updated: Jan 10, 2019
  • Author: Daryl A Rosenbaum, MD; Chief Editor: Sherwin SW Ho, MD  more...
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Symptoms resolve with conservative therapy in approximately 90% of individuals. Postsurgical success rates over 1 year vary from 43-78%. A good surgical result means improvement, not total cure. Most patients are able to return to their previous lifestyle without difficulty. Job modification is required in individuals who perform repetitive activities, work on assembly lines, perform heavy laboring, or work with their arms elevated.


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