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Article
April 27, 1957

TREATMENT OF PATIENTS WITH CERVICODORSAL OUTLET SYNDROME

Author Affiliations

Cleveland

From the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, and the Frank E. Bunts Educational Institute.

JAMA. 1957;163(17):1570-1576. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02970520004002
Abstract

• The cervicodorsal outlet is not an anatomic structure but the region in which the nerves and blood vessels leave the neck and thorax and are transmitted to the upper extremity. Compression or stretching of the neurovascular structures in this region can cause pain, numbness, and discomfort in the shoulder and upper extremity, but the complaints are usually vague and frequently there are no objective findings. The majority of patients with this syndrome respond favorably to conservative treatment consisting of physical therapy, reassurance, and avoidance of activities or positions bringing on the complaints.

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