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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 29  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 113-115

Lateral intermuscular approach to cervical rib - Is it safe?

1 Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Park Hospital, Gurgaon, Haryana, India
2 Department of Orthopaedics, Agartala Medical College, Agartala, Tripura, India

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Amit Chauhan
Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Park Hospital, Gurgaon, Haryana
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DOI: 10.4103/0972-4958.163205

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Thoracic outlet syndrome is a well known identity, caused due to constriction of the space through which the brachial plexus and the subclavian artery pass from the neck into the axilla, with resultant abnormal pressure upon the plexus and the artery. This can be caused by a cervical rib or pressure due to scalenus anterior muscle. Out of two approaches described-anterior and lateral, when authors encountered two such cases of thoracic outlet syndrome due to cervical rib, lateral intermuscular approach was employed and was found to be safe, adequate and effective.

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