We examined the results of thoracoscopic sympathectomy (TS) for palmar and axillary hyperhidrosis with respect to operative method, symptom control, patient satisfaction and complications.
We performed a retrospective review of patient records with mail and telephone questionnaire follow-up of 55 patients (15 men) with a median age of 26 years (range, 15–52) who underwent TS between February 1994 and December 2001.
There were no differences in complication rates between those having bilateral TS (n = 23) and those having unilateral procedures (n = 20) with a median follow-up of 21 months (range, 2–94). Forty-three patients returned questionnaires (response rate, 78%). Forty patients (93%) were satisfied with the results. Thirty-four patients (79%) noted compensatory hyperhidrosis and 22 (51%) excessively dry hands.
Despite high rates of compensatory sweating, the majority of patients are very satisfied with the results. The high rate of excessively dry hands is a previously unreported finding and important to discuss when obtaining consent.
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Wilson, M.J., Magee, T.R., Galland, R.B. et al. Results of thoracoscopic sympathectomy for the treatment of axillary and palmar hyperhidrosis with respect to compensatory hyperhidrosis and dry hands. Surg Endosc 19, 254–256 (2005). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00464-003-9285-4