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ISSN: 2329-6925

Journal of Vascular Medicine & Surgery
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Pediatric Mechanical Support with an External Cardiac Compression Device

Minoo N Kavarana1*, Howard M Loree II2, Robert B Stewart2, Michael T Milbocker3, Robert L Hannan4, George M Pantalos5 and Robert TV Kung2

1Department of Surgery, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC, 29425, USA

2ABIOMED, Danvers, MA, United States

3Promethean Surgical Devices, Inc., East Hartford, CT, United States

4Department of Surgery, Miami Children’s Hospital, Miami, FL, United States

5Department of Surgery, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY, United States

*Corresponding Author:
Joseph J Naoum, MD, FACS, RPVI
University Medical Center – Rizk Hospital
Zahar Street, Achrafieh Beirut, Lebanon
Tel: +96176933937
E-mail: [email protected]

Received Date: April 25, 2012; Accepted Date: May 16, 2013; Published Date: May 18, 2013

Citation: Bavare CS, Naoum JJ (2013) Pectoralis Minor Compression of the Axillary Vein–Anatomy of a Problem and its Solution. J Vasc Med Surg 1:105. doi:10.4172/2329-6925.1000105

Copyright: © 2013 Bavare CS, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.



We report a case of symptomatic axillary vein compression by the pectoralis minor muscle mimicking upper extremity thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS). The cause of obstruction was determined by clinical findings and dynamic venography. The patient underwent division of the pectoralis minor muscle with resolution of venographic findings and symptoms. Pectoralis minor compression of the axillary vein is a rare but described entity that needs careful review to reach the correct diagnosis and establish proper treatment.


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