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OSCE guide for examination of thoracic outlet syndrome

OSCE steps for examination of thoracic outlet

1. Expose the- neck and upper torso well.
2. Palpate the supraclavicular fossae for tender spots,masses, muscle spasm and vascular thrill.
3. Perform Adson manoeuvre
  • Patient sits with forearms supine and resting on the thighs.
  • Palpate the radial pulse on the right side.
  • Ask the patient to look up. turn the chin to the right and breathe deeply.
  • Note transient disappearance of the radial pulse during deep inspiration.
  • Repeat the lest on the left side.
4. Observe and note any small muscle wasting or sensory loss of C8segment.
5. Ask the patient to abduct and externally rotate the shoulder, and note Intensification of sensory symptoms and signs

This examinations steps are very important for those students preparing for USMLE and MRCP clinical examination