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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 532-536

Thoracoscopic bilateral dorsal sympathectomy for primary palmo-axillary hyperhidrosis short- and mid-term results

1 Centre For Chest Surgery, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi, India
2 Department of Anesthesia, Pain and Perioperative Medicine, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi, India

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Dr. Arvind Kumar
Room No. 2328, SSRB, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, Old Rajinder Nagar, New Delhi - 110 060
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DOI: 10.4103/jmas.JMAS_174_20

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Background: Thoracoscopic bilateral dorsal sympathectomy is the standard of care for primary palmo-axillary hyperhidrosis. This study aims at studying the surgical outcomes with special emphasis on the incidence of compensatory hyperhidrosis (CH) after thoracoscopic dorsal sympathectomy. Post-procedural patient satisfaction as well as quality of life was measured and analysed. Materials and Methods: This is a retrospective analysis of sixty thoracoscopic dorsal sympathectomy surgeries in thirty patients in a tertiary level thoracic surgery centre over 2 years. Various peri-operative variables were recorded and assessed. Incidence of CH was noted and analysed in relation to patient satisfaction and record was made of quality of life at the time of discharge, at 3 months and 1-year follow-up following surgery. Results: We performed sixty video-assisted thoracoscopic sympathectomies in 30 patients. The mean operative time was 44.93 ± 10 min. The mean hospital stay was 1 day. There were no immediate post-procedural complications. All the patients had complete resolution of palmar and axillary hyperhidrosis. Fifty per cent of our patients (15/30) had some degree of CH after surgery. Quality-of-life measurement showed very good satisfaction by 100% at discharge, by 93.3% at 3 months and at 1 year. Those 6.66% of patients were partially satisfied/not satisfied because of the presence of moderate-to-severe CH. Conclusion: A significant percentage of the patients with primary palmo-axillary hyperhidrosis will be very satisfied with the procedure at 1 year after surgery despite 50% of them developing CH. Detailed counselling regarding CH in the pre-operative period would minimise the dissatisfaction rate after surgery.


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