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Thorac Surg Clin. 2010 May;20(2):323-30. doi: 10.1016/j.thorsurg.2010.02.008.

Thoracoscopic sympathectomy.

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  • 1Program of Health Policy, St. Joseph Cancer Institute, University of Maryland, 7501 Osler Drive, Suite 104, Towson, MD 21204, USA.


With the advent of videotechnology, sympathectomy has assumed a more important role in the armamentarium of managing diseases of the autonomic system. Currently it is used primarily for hyperhydrosis, although sympathectomy for reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD), Raynaud disease and other diseases still are performed, but less frequently. Most of this article will refer primarily to hyperhydrosis patients.

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