Article Abstract

Upper extremity sympathectomy

Authors: José Ribas Milanez de Campos, Paulo Kauffman, Carolina Brito Faustino, Nelson Wolosker


Hyperhidrosis is a condition in which there is excessive production of sweat that is disproportional to thermoregulation needs and that profoundly hampers the quality of life (QOL) of the population that is affected by it. The disorder is typically limited to the palms, the plantar and craniofacial regions, armpits, and manifests itself in a symmetrical fashion in addition to being associated to family history. At present, sympathectomy is considered the golden standard treatment and there are a number of approaches a surgeon may elect to adopt in its care. The clinical treatment with oxybutynin also improves screening of the group of patients that will benefit the most with this indication. However, the efficacy of the surgical method, what most counts for a successful outcome is the occurrence or not of compensatory hyperhidrosis whose intensity may impact the results. All patients are and must be thoroughly informed of this possibility prior to surgery. For the others indications, is also one of the final approaches necessary for a fruitful treatment.