Thromboembolic stroke associated with thoracic outlet syndrome

Ella M Meumann, Jason Chuen, Greg Fitt, Yuliya Perchyonok, Franklin Pond, Helen M. Dewey

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Thoracic outlet syndrome occurs due to compression of the neurovascular structures as they exit the thorax. Subclavian arterial compression is usually due to a cervical rib, and is rarely associated with thromboembolic stroke. The mechanism of cerebral embolisation associated with the thoracic outlet syndrome is poorly understood, but may be due to retrograde propagation of thrombus or transient retrograde flow within the subclavian artery exacerbated by arm abduction. We report an illustrative patient and review the clinical features, imaging findings and management of stroke associated with thoracic outlet syndrome.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)886-889
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Clinical Neuroscience
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Cervical rib
  • Ischaemic stroke
  • Thoracic outlet syndrome

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