Title: Neurovascular compression by a subpectoral lipoma. A case report of a rare cause of thoracic outlet syndrome
Authors: Sergeant, Gregory ×
Gheysens, O
Seynaeve, P
Van Cauwelaert, J
Ceuppens, H #
Issue Date: Sep-2003
Series Title: Acta Chirurgica Belgica vol:103 issue:5 pages:528-31
Abstract: BACKGROUND: Lipomas are benign soft tissue tumours, progressively expanding in volume. Beside frequent aesthetic consequences, lipomas can also exert pressure on surrounding tissues and structures. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A case of a subpectoral infraclavicular lipoma compressing the axillo-subclavicular neurovascular bundle, produced unilateral brachialgia, thereby simulating a Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. The expansive, but non-infiltrative, nature of the lipoma allowed local excision in the vicinity of the brachial plexus and infraclavicular vascular structures. RESULTS: Surgical removal of the lipoma resulted in complete remission of symptoms in the left arm and hand. CONCLUSIONS: In the presence of unilateral brachialgia, a subpectoral tumour causing a Thoracic Outlet Syndrome should always be excluded in the absence of other relevant pathology.
ISSN: 0001-5458
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Clinical Residents Medicine
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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