What is the role of radiation in axillary hyperhidrosis treatment?

Updated: Feb 12, 2019
  • Author: Richard H S Karpinski, MD, FACS; Chief Editor: Gregory Gary Caputy, MD, PhD, FICS  more...
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Low-dose topical radiation produces at least transient decrease in local sweat production and has been suggested as a treatment for hyperhidrosis. Postradiation atrophy of the axillary sweat gland layer can be demonstrated. However, potential serious late adverse effects of radiotherapy make this a modality that cannot be recommended as a realistic solution for hyperhidrosis.


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