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Medical Term:

arterial thoracic outlet syndrome


Definition: a rare disorder caused by compression of the subclavian artery (with resultant poststenotic dilation) by a fully formed cervical rib or an abnormal first thoracic rib; thrombi form in the dilated distal arterial segment, and distal limb ischemia may occur as a result of thromboembolic events.

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