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2022 Feb 15

J Vasc Surg

Thoracic Outlet decompression Surgery for Gilliatt-Sumner Hand as presentation of neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome.


Goeteyn J, Pesser N, van Sambeek MRHM, Vervaart K, van Nuenen BFL, Teijink JAW
J Vasc Surg. 2022 Feb 15.
PMID: 35181521.


Chronic compression of the inferior trunk of the brachial plexus can result in severe pain and progressive atrophy and weakness of the musculature of the forearm and hand, known as Gilliatt-Sumner Hand (GSH). The objective of treatment in these patients is to stop further atrophy and pain. Restoration of motor function is thought to be seldom achieved. The aim of this contemporary case series is to describe diagnosis, treatment and outcomes of surgery in GSH.