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cervicla ribs (2)

my 5 yr old was diagnosed with cervical ribs two of them, the doc's dont seem to know too much about it. My son is very underweight, viens in his neck are always popping out and i dont know who to see GP didnt know much & said it should be alright. Is this right? Ive read alot and my son is an extremely active person and has asthma, im so concerned should i be?
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Hello zoobi1
A cervical rib is a supernumerary (or extra) rib which arises from the seventh cervical vertebra. It is a congenital abnormality located above the normal first rib. A cervical rib is present in only about 1 in 500 (0.2%) of people. The presence of a cervical rib can cause a form of thoracic outlet syndrome due to compression of the lower trunk of the brachial plexus or subclavian artery. These structures are entrapped between the cervical rib and scalenus muscle.
Compression of the brachial plexus may be identified by weakness of the muscles around the muscles in the hand, near the base of the thumb. Compression of the subclavian artery is often diagnosed by finding a positive Adson's sign on examination, where the radial pulse in the arm is lost during abduction and external rotation of the shoulder.

Refer: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cervical_rib

It is just a coincidence that your son has asthma too. But it does not really matter as afar as the management of the either of the disease is concerned.

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hi my name is tiffany and your post was along time ago and i just found out i have two cervical ribs and cant find anything on line about it! was wondering if you could give anything you may know about
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