A 50 year-old woman fell down a flight of stairs at work. Pain, numbness and tingling developed rapidly in her left arm, and then in her right arm.
The patient sought help from a series of doctors. None of these diagnosed a reason for the patient’s symptoms. The patient continued to seek help, but several additional doctors told the patient she was depressed. Other doctors told the patient her pain was more likely due to emotional causes than to physical causes, given that no test had shown any pathology.
Fortunately for the patient, she eventually found a neurologist who suspected the diagnosis of thoracic outlet syndrome. This neurologist has extensive experience diagnosing thoracic outlet syndrome. He felt that the patients physical exam findings were strongly suggestive of thoracic outlet syndrome, and he ordered a NeoVista® MRI examination.