Video endoscopic sympathectomy for palmar hyperhidrosis

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✓ Palmar hyperhidrosis has been treated using a variety of medical and surgical techniques with varying degrees of success. The authors report their experience in 82 patients in whom they performed 164 sympathectomies using a video endoscope, a laparoscopic grasper, and microscissors. Patients were monitored by palm temperature electrodes. An intraoperative histological confirmation of the sympathetic chain and a temperature rise of at least 1°C after the procedure resulted in complete relief of the hyperhidrosis. All the patients were relieved of their symptoms, and 41 experienced decreased plantar hyperhidrosis as well. Compensatory hyperhidrosis in 50 patients was the only significant side effect, which improved 6 months after the surgery. Video endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy is a safe, easy, reliable, and cost-effective way to treat palmar hyperhidrosis.

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