Metas de Enfermería

Metas de Enfermería

DICIEMBRE 2008 N° 10 Volumen 11

Caring for the patient with thoracic outlet syndrome

Section: Hands on

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Bacáicoa Clemente A. Cuidado del paciente con síndrome del desfiladero torácico. Metas de Enferm dic 2008/ene 2009; 11(10): 18-20


Ana Bacáicoa Clemente


Enfermera. Servicio de Rehabilitación. Ambulatorio Conde Olivito, Servicio Navarro de Salud.

Contact address

C/ Dr. Galán, 5, 10º C. 31012 Pamplona, Navarra.

Contact email: abacaicoa@yahoo.es


The thoracic outlet syndrome is a clinical picture of pain in the cervical region, the shoulder and upper extremity, caused by the compression of vasculonervous structures, which can produce loss of strength and functional incapacity of the affected extremity. It is more common in women around 40 years of age, but the lack of specificity of the clinical picture often leads patients to seek medical advice from different specialists before being correctly diagnosed. In cases where there is serious vascular compromise the treatment is surgical.
This project describes the nursing care intervention that consists of educating the patient affected by this syndrome on performing a series of specific exercises and adopting the necessary measures of postural hygiene. The experience amassed in the rheumatology consultation room indicates that this simple intervention has led patients to report symptom relief, especially of pain and tingling.


thoracic outlet; exercises; postural hygiene guidelinesnursing

Versión en Español


Cuidado del paciente con síndrome del desfiladero torácico