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Contact: Julia Evangelou Strait
Washington University School of Medicine

Surgeons Find Better Ways to Treat Nerve Compression Disorder that Can Sideline Athletes

Caption: Surgery to treat neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome targets two areas of nerve compression -- the scalene triangle (black triangle) and the pectoralis minor tendon (black circle). Many patients must undergo surgery in both places to relieve pressure on the nerves and alleviate symptoms. But a subset of patients who only have symptoms below the collarbone near the shoulder may do just as well with a minimally invasive procedure that only detaches the pectoralis minor tendon (black circle).

Credit: Robert W. Thompson, MD

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