Thoracic Outlet Syndrome is a group of disorders that originate from compression, injury, or irritation of the nerves and/or blood vessels in the thoracic outlet. This region lies between the collarbone and first rib, characterized by a complex network of veins, arteries, and nerves. The syndrome manifests as pain in the shoulders and neck, numbness in fingers, and impaired circulation to these areas caused by undue pressure on the neurovascular bundle.

Differentiating into three types—neurogenic Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (the most common), venous Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, and arterial Thoracic Outlet Syndrome—each type is distinguished by which structures are affected. Neurogenic involves nerve compression while venous and arterial involve vein or artery compression respectively.

The diagnosis largely depends upon clinical presentation with tests like Adson’s maneuver augmenting its accuracy; treatment options range from physical therapy to surgical intervention depending upon severity.

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