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Hyperhidrosis Surgery in China - ETS in China

By: Hratch Karamanoukian, MD

July 30, 2008

Chinese Study Cites Utility and Success of Endoscopic Thoracic Sympathectomy (ETS)

An article written in Chinese and published in the journal Zhonghua Wai Ke Za  Zhi evaluated the efficacy of video-assisted thoracoscopic sympathicotomy in the treatment of palmar hyperhidrosis.

The study reviewed the charts of 588 patients with palmar hyperhidrosis who underwent bilateral Sympathectomy (ETS) from January 2003 and March 2007.
The authors state that the “cure rate” of palmar hyperhidrosis was 99.8%. All of their patients were seen at a follow-up for 1 to 48 months with an average time of (20.3 +/- 2.3) months.
The authors concluded that video-assisted thoracoscopic sympathicotomy (ETS) is an effective, safe and minimally invasive method for the treatment of hyperhidrosis.
Dr. Karamanoukian’s note – It seems that the Chinese are finally catching up with the latest techniques utilized in the West for treating hyperhidrosis.
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