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New Study Shown Being Female is A Risk Factor for Compensatory Sweating

By: Hratch Karamanoukian, MD and Raffy Karamanoukian, MD

July 14, 2008

A study published in the European Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery in July 2008 by Dr. PM Rodriguez and colleagues shows that "quality of life was excellent at discharge, 6 and 12 month in 100%, 100% and 97% of patients after thoracic sympathectomy.

They also demonstrated, once again, that compensatory sweatin is "the main and undesirable side effect" which is not related to the "extension" of thoracic sympathectomy (T2 vs T3/T4). This latter finding is different than other published articles.

Interestingly, these researchers have shown that "being female is the only predictor factor of suffering from compensatory sweating".

Dr. Karamanoukian has reviewed these findings and reviewed the existing medical literature and finds the last finding in regards to compensatory sweating in females to be interesting and not consistent with his own clinical data from patients who have had thoracic sympathectomy. He believes that this is 'variant' from existing published information and warrants further analysis.

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For more information about hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) , as well as surgical and non-surgical hyperhidrosis treatment options, contact Dr. Karamanoukian at The Center for Excessive Sweating, a National Center of Excellence for Hyperhidrosis Treatment by email or by phone at (716) 839-3638.

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