Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome Differential Diagnoses

Updated: Oct 21, 2021
  • Author: Benjamin M Sucher, DO, FAOCPMR, FAAPMR; Chief Editor: Dean H Hommer, MD  more...
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Diagnostic Considerations

These include the following:

  • Cervical myelopathy

  • Cervical radiculopathy

  • Double crush syndrome (thoracic outlet syndrome and compression at another distal or proximal site)

  • Paget-von Schroetter syndrome, effort syndrome (spontaneous venous thrombosis, primary deep venous thrombosis of the upper extremity)

  • Pancoast (apical lung) tumor

  • Shoulder tendonitis, bursitis, impingement [16]

  • Shoulder (glenohumeral) instability

  • Raynaud syndrome

  • Ulnar neuropathy (cubital tunnel syndrome, Guyon canal syndrome)

Differential Diagnoses