Subclavian Vein Stent Fracture and Venous Motion

Alexandros Mallios, Kevin Taubman, Paul Claiborne, John Blebea

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Primary subclavian vein stents are not recommended for venous thoracic outlet syndrome before surgical decompression by first rib resection due to a high risk of fracture because they are compressed between the clavicle and first rib. After rib removal, however, stent insertion has been advocated for venous restenosis, and it is felt that stent fracture is unlikely to occur. We present a case suggesting that repetitive differential vein movement during respiration may be one of the causative factors for stent fractures occurring in this anatomic region.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1451.e1-1451.e4
JournalAnnals of Vascular Surgery
Issue number7
StatePublished - Oct 1 2015


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