Chapter 10: Axillary/Subclavian Vein Thrombosis (clot) and its Treatment

Original authors: Richard M. Green and Robert Rosen

Abstracted by Gary W. Lemmon


  • Introduction
  • Diagnosis
  • Management
  • Conclusion
  • Commonly asked questions
    • What is thoracic outlet syndrome and who can be affected by it?
    • Can both arms be involved?
    • What type of disability remains with treatment?


Axillo-subclavian vein thrombosis occurs as a resultof abnormal muscle and/or rib anomalies of the thoracic outlet at the base of the neck and ribcage. Treatment should be done rapidly and involves three steps which includes dissolving the clot, maintaining anticoagulation (stopping any new clots from forming) with a blood thinner and surgical treatment to eliminate the external compression on the
subclavian vein.

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