What is the role of cervical sympathectomy in the treatment of CREST syndrome?

Updated: Oct 05, 2020
  • Author: Jeanie C Yoon, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Cervical sympathectomy is less beneficial for scleroderma patients than for patients with Raynaud phenomenon secondary to peripheral vascular disease. Newer surgical approaches include digital sympathectomy, with or without revision of surgically correctable vascular disease. In the event of nonhealing digital ulcers, amputation, unfortunately, sometimes is unavoidable.


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