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Authors: Mol, Adam
Muensterer, Oliver J.
Title: Over a decade of single-center experience with thoracoscopic sympathicolysis for primary palmar hyperhidrosis : a case series
Online publication date: 15-Jun-2021
Language: english
Abstract: BACKGROUND Primary palmar hyperhidrosis is a severely debilitating condition that can affect patients of any age. We report our experience with thoracoscopic sympathicolysis in a large cohort of children less than 14 years of age. METHODS All children who underwent thoracoscopic sympathicolysis from April 2005 through January 2017 were evaluated retrospectively. The procedure entailed bilateral bipolar fulguration of the second and third thoracic ganglia with transverse disruption of collateral nerve fibers along the third and fourth rib. Demographic information, as well as postoperative outcome, complications, and satisfaction were analyzed. RESULTS Over the 12 year study interval, a total of 102 children underwent thoracoscopic sympathicolysis for palmar hyperhidrosis. Complete follow-up was available for 98 patients (median age 12 [range 5–14] years; 38 boys [39%]). Median follow-up was 4 [range 2–12] years. Complete palmar dryness was achieved in 93 (95%) cases. One patient suffered postoperative unilateral ptosis, 6 reported gustatory sweating, and 65 experienced compensatory sweating. Average postoperative rating on a 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest) rating scale was 9, with 97 (99%) patients saying that they would undergo the procedure again. CONCLUSION Our technique of thoracoscopic sympathicolysis in children was associated with very high postoperative satisfaction, despite a high rate of compensatory sweating and occasional autonomic gustatory sweating. Other more severe complications in this age group were rare.
DDC: 610 Medizin
610 Medical sciences
Institution: Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
Department: FB 04 Medizin
Place: Mainz
Version: Published version
Publication type: Zeitschriftenaufsatz
License: CC BY
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Journal: Surgical endoscopy and other interventional techniques
Pages or article number: 3313
Publisher: Springer Verlag
Publisher place: New York, NY
Issue date: 2021
ISSN: 1432-2218
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Publisher DOI: 10.1007/s00464-020-07769-0
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