TOS News

TOS surgery has Benedictine University pitcher back on the mound
Benedictine University pitcher Drake Curry said he felt like he was throwing 100 pounds. After thoracic outlet syndrome surgery, performed by vascular surgeon Robert Thompson, MD, Drake is back on the mound. See story in The State Journal-Register of Springfield, Ill.

Robert Thompson co-editor of a book on TOS
Robert Thompson, MD, director of the Washington University Center for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, is co-editor of a new book, “Thoracic Outlet Syndrome,” published this year by Springer. The book is an in-depth clinical reference manual for those in the medical community on the latest research and techniques in the diagnosis and treatment of thoracic outlet syndrome. Dr. Thompson was also appointed to the Board of Directors of the Society for Vascular Surgery, which has more than 3,750 members and a mission of promoting, encouraging, and improving the dissemination of knowledge of all aspects of vascular disease and health.

Skype keeps high school student in classroom after TOS surgery
KSDK reported on a 14-year-old high school student from Highland, Ill., who could not attend classes while recovering from surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome, but who kept up by Skyping all of her classes through her iPad. Washington University vascular surgeon Robert Thompson, MD, operated on Alixandria Horstmann to remove two ribs, which had caused nerve compression and formation of an aneurysm in an artery under the collar bone. As predicted by the KSDK report, Alixandria was back in school a little more than a month after surgery - sooner than predicted. See story.

Rib fractures linked to circulatory disorder often seen in athletes
See Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis press release.