Cell body reorganization in the spinal cord after surgery to trea sweaty palms and blushing

The amount of compensatory sweating depends on the patient, the damage that the white rami communicans incurs, and the amount of cell body reorganization in the spinal cord after surgery.
Other potential complications include inadequate resection of the ganglia, gustatory sweating, pneumothorax, cardiac dysfunction, post-operative pain, and finally Horner’s syndrome secondary to resection of the stellate ganglion.

After severing the cervical sympathetic trunk, the cells of the cervical sympathetic ganglion undergo transneuronic degeneration
After severing the sympathetic trunk, the cells of its origin undergo complete disintegration within a year.


Spinal cord infarction occurring during thoraco-lumbar sympathectomy
J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry 1963;26:418-421 doi:10.1136/jnnp.26.5.418

Monday, March 19, 2012

Heart Rate Variability before and after the Endoscopic Transthoracic Sympathectomy in Hyperhidrosis

The etiology of primary hyperhidrosis has been speculated as "unknown" hyperactivity of the sympathetic nervous system. In our clinic, we performed endoscopic transthoracic sympathectomy(ETS) for the treatment of hyperhidrosis. In this study, we studied the cardiac autonomic nervous function using heart rate variability(HRV) before and after ETS in 70 patients with hyperhidrosis, and compared with normal control. Before ETS, high frequency(HF) power was lower in hyperhidrosis than control group, however, there was no significant difference in LF/HF. After ETS, LF/HF decreased by 31%, and lower than control. No Severe cpomplications were occurred by ETS. In conclusion, on the cardiac autonomic nervous tone, hyperhidrosis patients had the relative dominance of the sympathetic nervous tone by suppression of the parasympathetic nervous tone. After ETS, the sympathetic nervous tone was suppressed. Clinical symptoms in hyperhidrosis patients were impoved by ETS. Although ETS affected the cardiac autonomic nervous tone, it was useful and safety method for hyperhidrosis.