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Ann Chir Gynaecol. 2001;90(3):187-8.

Sympathetic surgery for psychiatry. Case report.

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Department of Psychiatry, University of Oulu, Finland.


One of the authors has, for many years, operated patients suffering from social phobias by using compression block on the sympathetic nerve (1). The Finnish health insurance system has not accepted this treatment as valid for reimbursement. We planned a research based on a design of pre- and post-surgery interviews conducted by a psychiatrist. Data collection was started in 1997. The sample now consists of 45 persons, of whom 20 have also been interviewed after the operation. The results are fascinatingly good. Only one person did not benefit from the operation. We present two illustrating examples. As a conclusion, we suggest that this treatment should be accepted as a valid treatment for patients who have found no relief to their symptoms of social phobic disorder from psychotherapies or pharmacotherapies.

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