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Provocative f wave in the diagnosis of nonspecific neurogenic-type thoracic outlet syndrome.
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PMID:  22411017     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
OBJECTIVE: Thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS) is defined as a constellation of clinical symptoms caused by the entrapment of neurovascular structures (subclavian vessels and the brachial plexus) en route to the upper limb via the superior thoracic outlet. Nonspecific neurogenic TOS is not easy to diagnose because there is no investigational technique that has proven to be the diagnostic gold standard.
DESIGN: In this study, our aim was to investigate the role of provocative F response in the diagnosis of nonspecific neurogenic TOS. F wave analysis of median and ulnar nerves in neutral and provocative maneuvers was carried out in 21 patients with a clinical diagnosis of nonspecific neurogenic TOS and in 15 healthy volunteers.
RESULTS: All findings were within reference range in both groups, and no statistical difference was noted among subject groups, with or without provocative maneuvers.
CONCLUSIONS: We conclude that the nonspecific neurogenic TOS is a temporary compression process that does not result in a structural damage on the nerve; therefore, significant electrophysiologic changes are not elicited.
Levent Ozgönenel; Gülseren Akyüz; Bülent Ozgönenel; Turgut Adatepe
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of physical medicine & rehabilitation / Association of Academic Physiatrists     Volume:  91     ISSN:  1537-7385     ISO Abbreviation:  Am J Phys Med Rehabil     Publication Date:  2012 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-03-13     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8803677     Medline TA:  Am J Phys Med Rehabil     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  316-20     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
From the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Istanbul Training and Research Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey (LÖ); Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Marmara University Medical School, Istanbul, Turkey (GA); Wayne State University, Children's Hospital of Michigan, Detroit (BÖ); and Clinical Neurophysiology Laboratory, Istanbul Education and Research Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey (TA).
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