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Facial Blushing, Social Phobia and Endoscopic Thoracic Sympathectomy (ETS)

By: Hratch Karamanoukian, MD and Raffy Karamanoukian, MD

July 27, 2008

Facial Blushing, Social Phobia and Endoscopic Thoracic Sympathectomy (ETS)

Researchers at the Division of Thoracic Surgery, San Gerardo dei Tintori Hospital, Via Pergolesi, Monza, Italy have investigated the effectiveness of Endoscopic thoracic Sympathectomy (ETS) in facial blushing.

According to the researchers, “facial blushing represents the peculiar symptom in social phobia and is defined as the ''hallmark of embarrassment''.
 
Agreeably, at present, endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy (ETS) is the only technique that treats symptomatic facial blushing with long term success.
 
In a retrospective review of 52 subjects who underwent standard ETS by clamping the second thoracic ganglion (T2) between September 2002 and April 2005, the authors investigated the efficacy of this technique for facial blushing.
 
The lead researcher, Dr. Sciuchetti reported that the effectiveness of T2 sympathectomy via ETS was excellent in all patients.
 
This research study was published in the journal Minerva Chir, volume 61, pages 417-420.
 

 

 

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