Published: 2018-06-25

Measurement and analysis of thoracic outlet area with multidedector computerized tomography method

Musa Acar, Şenay Burçin Alkan, Mehmet Sedat Durmaz, Nahide Baran, Medine Sari, Tuğçe Şeker, Emine Özer


Background: Thorasic exit; cervical, thoracic, and axillary regions and is a complex structure with three narrow ranges. There are three important structures in this region: subclaviane artery, subclavian vein and plexus brachialis. In this study, it was aimed to establish the reference range of some of the etiologic factors of thorasic outlet syndrome.

Methods: This study was performed on 100 patients (50 females- 50 males) aged between 20 and 65 years. The distance between the sagittal planar clavicle and the first one is closest to each other. Again, the thickness of the clavicle was measured in this plane.

Results: The distance between costa and clavicula was significantly higher in men than in women (p˂0.05). Likewise, clavicula values were significantly higher in males than in males (p˂0.05).

Conclusions: Authors believe that the results obtained in present study will be beneficial in the surgeon, radiology and anatomy training, contributing to the literature.


Brachial plexus, MDCT, Thoracic outlet

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