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Researchers Assess the Quality of Life of Patients Who Underwent Thoracic Sympathectomy

By: Dr. Hratch L. Karamanoukian

July 2, 2005

Researchers from the Division of Thoracic Surgery Division of Vascular Surgery, Hospital das Clinicas, University of Sao Paulo Medical School, Sao Paulo, Brazil have performed a much needed study regarding "quality of life [indicators] before and after thoracic sympathectomy. The lead author of the study, Dr. Milanez de Campos states that the [main] objective was to assess the quality of life of patients who underwent thoracic sympathectomy.

Of 378 patients, 57.4% had palmar-plantar hyperhidrosis; 25% with palmar, plantar, and axillary hyperhidrosis; 15.7% with pure axillary hyperhidrosis; and 6.5% with facial hyperhidrosis.

According to the authors, "successful sympathectomies were performed in 90.3% of the patients and mean follow-up was 12.4 +/- 8.3 months.

Of the total number of patients, 93.4% answered the quality of life questionnaire, 86.4% of whom noted improvement after the procedure. The authors concluded that "thoracic sympathectomy is a simple, effective, safe method for the treatment of hyperhidrosis, resulting in an improved quality of life for patients. The questionnaire documents this change."

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