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Journal of the Korean Academy of Rehabilitation Medicine 2008;32(1):119-122.
Type A Botulinum Toxin Therapy on Thoracic Outlet Syndrome: A case report.
Shin, Yong Beom , Sohn, Hyun Joo , Chang, Jae Hyeok , Park, Hyoung Uk , Cha, Young Sun , Ko, Hyun Yoon
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Pusan National University School of MedicineM, Busan, Korea. idoyoung1000@medimail.co.kr
A형 보툴리눔독소를 이용한 흉곽출구증후군의 치료 1례 -증례 보고-
신용범, 손현주, 장재혁, 박형욱, 차영선, 고현윤
부산대학교 의학전문대학원 재활의학교실
The true neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS), one type of the TOS, has vague and controversial clinical symptoms, so a variety of diseases can mimic the presentation of TOS, especially ulnar neuropathy or cervical root lesion. For most patients with TOS, common practice is to offer a course of conservative treatment, but its kinds are not enough and pain is too severe to do that in the chronic state. We experienced a case of true neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome with distinctive clinical symptom and abnormal electrodiagnostic findings. The symptom was not controlled by conservative management including oral medication or physical therapy. So we injected type A botulinum toxin (Botox) in the scalene and pectoralis minor muscles with ultrasonography guide. After 2 weeks, the pain decreased in visual analogue scale nine to four, and the compliance to physical therapy was improved. The result appeared to demonstrate that botulinum toxin injection may be helpful in controlling symptoms and making the patient adapt in physical therapy in the difficult case to management by any other methods. (J Korean Acad Rehab Med 2008; 32: 119-122)
Key Words: Neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome, Botulinum A toxin


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