Author(s): Cohen Z, Levi I, Pinsk I, Mares AJ, Cohen Z, Levi I, Pinsk I, Mares AJ
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Abstract OBJECTIVE: To present our experience, over the past 4 years, of thoracoscopic upper thoracic sympathectomy in patients with primary palmar hyperhidrosis. DESIGN: Retrospective study. SETTING: University hospital, Israel. SUBJECTS: 402 thoracoscopic upper thoracic sympathectomies in 223 patients over a period of 4 years. INTERVENTIONS: Thoracoscopic ablation of ganglia and severing of the sympathetic chain at the level of T2 and T3. 142 patients underwent bilateral simultaneous sympathectomy, 37 had bilateral non-simultaneous sympathectomy and 44 had unilateral sympathectomy. RESULTS: 220 patients (98.7\%) had an uneventful postoperative course and were discharged the following day. Three patients with residual pneumothorax required intercostal drainage and were discharged on the third postoperative day. 219 patients (98.2\%) were completely satisfied, having immediate and permanent relief of palmar sweating. Four patients were dissatisfied. CONCLUSION: The thoracoscopic approach to the upper thoracic sympathectomy is at present the procedure of choice. Early operation for severe palmar hyperhidrosis is indicated to save a child many years of frustration and discomfort.
This article was published in Eur J Surg Suppl
and referenced in Journal of Surgery