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Subclavian steal syndrome
Pathology
Type

Vascular

Cause(s)

Narrowing of the subclavian artery

Symptoms

Lightheadedness, fainting, blood pressure differential between the arms, memory problems, neurological deficits, circulation problems in hands.

Treatments

Angioplasty

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Subclavian steal syndrome is a disorder caused by reversed blood flow in one of the two major arteries that flow through the torso. When a critical artery becomes narrowed, blood flow by-passes the area and this usually results in not enough blood reaching the brain.

Although the condition is rare, it presents with symptoms similar to a stroke and should be first in a differential diagnosis once a stroke is ruled out.

The condition can usually be corrected by removing the occlusion that caused the blood flow restriction.

Subclavian steal syndrome at Wikipedia

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