Familial predisposition of thoracic outlet syndrome: does a familial syndrome exist? Report of cases and review of literature

Jens Goeteyn*, Niels Pesser, Bart van Nuenen, Marc van Sambeek, Joep Teijink

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Introduction: Neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome (NTOS) is caused by compression of the brachial plexus. The clinical presentation of NTOS is characterized by symptoms of pain, paresthesia, numbness or muscle weakness in the neck, arm or hand. Methods: In this case report, five patients were diagnosed with NTOS. They all had a first degree relative with NTOS as well. Conlusions: These cases show familial predisposition in thoracic outlet syndrome. Could a form of familial TOS exist?

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)211-214
Number of pages4
JournalActa Chirurgica Belgica
Issue number3
Early online date11 Oct 2019
Publication statusPublished - 4 May 2021


  • Neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome (NTOS)
  • thoracic outlet decompression (TOD)
  • familial predisposition of TOS

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