How effective is sympathectomy for the treatment of hyperhidrosis?

Updated: Mar 23, 2021
  • Author: Robert A Schwartz, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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Sympathectomy has been used as a permanent effective treatment since 1920. Usually, it is reserved for the final treatment option. [62] Sympathectomy involves the surgical destruction of the ganglia responsible for hyperhidrosis. [63, 64, 65]  Sympathectomy for hyperhidrosis treatment requires an inpatient stay. Modified R5-R8 thoracic sympathectomy has been used for severe compensatory hyperhidrosis. [66]


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