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Palmoplantar Hyperhidrosis - Botox or Sympathectomy ?

By: Hratch Karamanoukian, MD and Raffy Karamanoukian, MD

July 16, 2008

A new study published by Baumgartner and colleagues in the July 2009 issue of the Annals of Vascular Surgery regarding thoracic Sympathectomy for palmar hyperhidrosis shows that:
 
  1. Compensatory hyperhidrosis was present in 56% of patients but only 3.2% of these had severe compensatory hyperhidrosis with significant discomfort.
  2. All patients with severe compensatory hyperhidrosis were men.
  3. There were no other significant operative complications.
  4. The safety and overwhelming efficacy of bilateral thoracic sympathectomy compared to medical management of severe palmoplantar hyperhidrosis was demonstrated in this study.

According to the authors, “rather than being a last resort," thoracic Sympathectomy can be confidently recommended as first-line treatment for the typical, severe form of palmoplantar hyperhidrosis.

Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian is a Plastic Surgeon in Santa Monica and Beverly Hills, CA and Dr. Hratch Karamanoukian is a thoracic surgeon and Director of the Center for Excessive Sweating in Williamsville, NY.

 

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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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