What is it about?

This study shows a remarkable improvement of about 95.7% in resolving the symptoms of excessive sweating after the minimally invasive surgery. However, the rate of compensatory sweating on other parts of the body like the torso after the surgery was quite high. Despite this, the quality of life was only affected if the compensatory sweating was severe and occurred at a few locations.

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Why is it important?

This study contributed to the body of knowledge on this subject of quality of life after minimally invasive surgery in severing the sympathetic trunk in treating excessive sweating. It answers one of the most important questions on the effect of compensatory sweating on the quality of life after surgery.


This is the first study conducted on this matter of quality of life of patients after surgery in this region although cases of hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating are not uncommon in this community and answered the question of whether it is worthwhile treating this medical problem.

Dato' Dr Ahmad Farouk Musa
Monash University

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This page is a summary of: Does endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy improve the quality of life of patients with primary hyperhidrosis? A single center retrospective review, F1000Research, January 2021, Faculty of 1000, Ltd.,
DOI: 10.12688/f1000research.28106.1.
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