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Plantar Hyperhidrosis after ETS for Palmoplantar Hyperhidrosis - One Year Follow-Up Study
By: Hratch Karamanoukian, MD and Raffy Karamanoukian, MD
August 15, 2008
It has been reported by many surgeons that as many as 60 % of patients with palmoplantar hyperhidrosis (of the hands and feet) have unexpected improvement of plantar hyperhidrosis after endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy.
A team from Dept. of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, Hospital das Clínicas School of Medicine, University of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil sought to investigate this in a prospective manner in 70 patients with palmoplantar hyperhidrosis.
There was a great initial improvement in plantar hyperhidrosis in 50 % of the cases after endoscpic thoracic sympathectomy (ETS) for palmoplantar hyperhidrosis. At one year follow-up, only 23.4 % still had dry feet.
The researchers concluded that patients with palmar hyperhidrosis and palmoplantar hyperhidrosis who undergo ETS to treat their palmar hyperhidrosis present a good initial improvement in plantar hyperhidrosis that reduces to a lower level of improvement after the one-year period. The research was published in the journal Clin Auton Res, volume 17, pages 172-176.
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