Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome Differential Diagnoses

Updated: Dec 29, 2017
  • 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 [13]
  • Shoulder (glenohumeral) instability
  • Raynaud syndrome
  • Ulnar neuropathy (cubital tunnel syndrome, Guyon canal syndrome)

Differential Diagnoses