Surgeons Find Better Ways to Treat Nerve Compression Disorder that Can Sideline Athletes (image) Washington University School of Medicine Share Print E-Mail 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 Usage Restrictions None Share Print E-Mail Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.