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Journal of Korean Neurosurgical Society 1993;22(1): 12-17.
Endoscopic Thoracic Sympathectomy for Palmar Hyperhidrosis.
Young Soo Kim, Do Heum Yoon, Doo Yun Lee, Hae Kyoon Kim
1Department of Neurosurgery, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
2Department of Thoracic Surgery, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
Numerous open operations on the thoracic sympathetic ganglia for the treatment of palmar hyperhidrosis have been advocated, but have also produced several complications. A new therapeutic technique for this disorder has been introduced by combining a thoracoscope and video system. We performed thoracoscopic transthoracic sympathecomy safely and effectively in thirtyfour cases with palmar hyperhidrosis. Althought the follow up period was short, all hands of patients were dry immediately after the operation & there was no recurrence of palmar sweating. Based on our experience, this method is considered a relatively minor and safe procedure without producing significant postoperative complication, causing minimal discomfort and almost invisible scar.
Key Words: Palmar hyperhidrosis; Thoracoscope; Transthoracic sympathectomy
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