On Thursday, March 5th, 2020, Stuart A. Harlin, MD, Associate Professor and Director of Outpatient Vascular Operations with the Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery at McGovern Medical School, was featured on KPRC Houston Life, to discuss symptoms, diagnosis, and treatments of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS). Harlin, vascular surgeon at Memorial Hermann – Katy, was joined by his patient Maddie Culotta and her mom, Jen Culotta, to describe their experience with TOS, and what other athletes in similar situations may want to look out for.
Maddie, a swimmer and athlete since the age of six, began suffering from pain late 2018. She experienced swelling, discomfort, and lost the ability to move and extend her arm fully. Upon seeing a drastic difference and asymmetry in the size of her arms in a photo taken following swim practice, Maddie and her mother began looking for solutions to the cause and treatment of the discomfort.
Thoracic Outlet Syndrome is fairly uncommon and can often be misdiagnosed prior to official diagnosis and treatment. Maddie continues to work on her recovery and physical therapy so as to make a full return back to her swim team. You can watch the full segment below, and call 713-486-VEIN(8346) for more information.