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Superior Thoracic Aperture Anatomy: 10

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The clavicle is shown in an elevated position. Note how this opens the neurovascular space. Anterior displacement of the clavicle also opens the space. The opposite movements close the space and can cause brachial plexus injury if the arms are pulled downward during a long surgical procedure.      

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Superior Thoracic Aperture Anatomy: 11

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The costoclavicular (Halstedís) ligament lies anterior to the subclavius insertion.       

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Superior Thoracic Aperture Anatomy: 12

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First rib resection for thoracic outlet syndrome (see cervical rib resection and first rib resection) must create adequate space to decompress the neurovascular impingement causing the patientís symptoms (see thoracic outlet syndrome discussion).      

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