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  1. Thoracic sympathectomy

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    Hashmonai, Moshe; Cameron, Alan E P; Licht, Peter B

    2016-01-01

    sympathetic ablation for hypertension is obsolete, and direct endovascular renal sympathectomy still requires adequate clinical trials. There are rare publications of sympathetic ablation for primary phobias, but there is no scientific basis to support sympathetic surgery for any psychiatric indication....

  2. Unilateral Sympathectomy for Primary Palmar Hyperhidrosis.

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    Ravari, Hassan; Rajabnejad, Ataollah

    2015-12-01

    Primary palmar hyperhidrosis that arises mostly during puberty and early adolescence has a tremendous impact on the quality of life in patients. This study aimed to investigate the effectiveness of unilateral video-assisted thoracic sympathectomy for dominant hand in these patients. From July 2010 to June 2013, 52 patients with primary palmar hyperhidrosis underwent unilateral video-assisted thoracoscopic sympathectomy for dominant hand. We analyzed the outcomes regarding the resolution of symptoms, occurrence of complications, recurrence rate, and compensatory hyperhidrosis, and need of operation for opposite side. All patients were followed up from 6 to 42 months. Palmar hyperhidrosis was completely alleviated and absolute dryness was achieved in all patients at the same hand after the operation. Palmar hyperhidrosis in the opposite hand was cured to a complete dryness in 24 (46.15%) patients. No change happened in the opposite hand in 22 (42.3%) patients, but an increase was seen in 6 (11.53%) patients. Only seven (13.46%) patients needed to undergo contralateral sympathectomy. Compensatory hyperhidrosis occurred in 13 patients (25%) after unilateral sympathectomy. Another five patients (totally 18, 34.6%) were involved with compensatory hyperhidrosis after contralateral sympathectomy. It was mainly on the trunk in all 18 patients. Unilateral dominant side thoracoscopic sympathectomy for patients with primary palmar hyperhidrosis is an effective, safe, and minimally invasive procedure. Only a small number of patients will eventually require a contralateral sympathectomy in nondominant hand. Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New York.

  3. Thoracoscopic sympathectomy ganglia ablation in the management ...

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    Thoracoscopic sympathectomy ganglia ablation in the management of palmer hyperhidrosis: A decade experience in a single institution. D Kravarusic, E Freud. Abstract. Background: Hyperhidrosis can cause significant professional and social handicaps. Surgery is the preferred treatment modality for hyperhidrosis.

  4. Chemical lumbar sympathectomy with radiological assessment.

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    Sanderson, C. J.

    1981-01-01

    Forty cases of chemical lumbar sympathectomy are presented. A 7.5% solution of phenol in meglumine iothianate was injected under local anaesthesia and abdominal radiography performed. Skin temperature changes in the legs were compared with the radiological appearances and clinical results. Six injections were performed on cadavers before autopsy using a solution of methylene blue and meglumine iothianate in order to correlate the radiological appearance with the exact site of the injection. ...

  5. Thoracic sympathectomy for digital ischemia : A summary of evidence

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    Coveliers, Hans M. E.; Hoexum, Frank; Nederhoed, Johanna H.; Wisselink, Willem; Rauwerda, Jan A.

    Background: Thoracic sympathectomy is used in the management of a variety of upper limb disorders. We have analyzed the evidence for thoracic sympathectomy in the management of digital ischemia. Methods: We reviewed the English literature between 1980 and 2010. Our analysis included reports with the

  6. Anaesthesia for left thoracoscopic sympathectomy for refractory long ...

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    life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias and sudden death. Left thoracoscopic sympathectomy is an ... degenerate to ventricular fibrillation causing sudden death. There is evidence that the left stellate .... Table 1: Summary of cases of LQTS treated with video assisted thoracoscopic sympathectomy. *Micrognathia, clinodactyly ...

  7. [Severe Raynaud's syndrome treated by lumbar sympathectomy].

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    Thomsen, Thomas Laden; Roeder, Ole

    2016-03-28

    Avoiding exposure of extremities to cold combined with pharmacologic treatment usually suffice in the attempt to suppress the related symptoms of Raynaud's syndrome. This case report describes a severe case of Raynaud's syndrome affecting the lower extremities of a 16-year-old female. She was referred to a centre of vascular surgery with severe vasospasms of the feet. After failed attempts of pharmacologic treatment, a laparoscopic lumbar sympathectomy was performed with no complications and a slight reduction of symptoms three years post-surgically.

  8. Video-Assisted Thoracic Sympathectomy for Hyperhidrosis.

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    Milanez de Campos, Jose Ribas; Kauffman, Paulo; Gomes, Oswaldo; Wolosker, Nelson

    2016-08-01

    By the 1980s, endoscopy was in use by some groups in sympathetic denervation of the upper limbs with vascular indications. Low morbidity, cosmetic results, reduction in the incidence of Horner syndrome, and the shortened time in hospital made video-assisted thoracic sympathectomy (VATS) better accepted by those undergoing treatment for hyperhidrosis. Over the last 25 years, this surgical procedure has become routine in the treatment of hyperhidrosis, leading to a significant increase in the number of papers on the subject in the literature. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  9. Early experience with endoscopic lumbar sympathectomy for plantar hyperhidrosis.

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    Singh, Sanjay; Kaur, Simranjit; Wilson, Paul

    2016-05-01

    We describe our endoscopic lumbar sympathectomy technique and our early experience using it to treat plantar hyperhidrosis. We reviewed 20 lumbar sympathectomies performed in our vascular unit for plantar hyperhidrosis in 10 patients from 2011 and 2014. Demographics and outcomes were analyzed and a review of the literature conducted. All procedures were carried out endoscopically with no intraoperative or postoperative morbidity. Plantar anhidrosis was achieved in all the patients, although two patients (20%) suffered a relapse. Unwanted side-effects occurred in the form of compensatory sweating in three patients (30%) and post-sympathectomy neuralgia in two patients (20%). None of the patients experienced sexual dysfunction. Management of plantar hyperhidrosis may be based upon a therapeutic ladder starting with conservative measures and working up to surgery depending on the severity of the disease. Minimally invasive (endoscopic) sympathectomy for the thoracic chain is well established, but minimally invasive sympathectomy for the lumbar chain is a relatively new technique. Endoscopic lumbar sympathectomy provides an effective, minimally invasive method of surgical management, but long-term data are lacking. © 2016 Japan Society for Endoscopic Surgery, Asia Endosurgery Task Force and John Wiley & Sons Australia, Ltd.

  10. Endoscopic lumbar sympathectomy for women: effect on compensatory sweat

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    Marcelo de Paula Loureiro

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION: Plantar hyperhidrosis is present in 50% of patients with hyperhidrosis. Thoracic sympathectomy is an important tool for the treatment of this condition, which is successful in about 60% of patients. For the remaining patients, lumbar sympathectomy is the procedure of choice. As new minimally invasive techniques have been developed, a significant demand for this type of access has led to its adaptation to the lumbar sympathectomy. The objective of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of endoscopic retroperitoneal lumbar sympathectomy in controlling plantar hyperhidrosis and its effects on compensatory sweat. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Thirty female patients with persistent plantar hyperhidrosis after thoracic sympathectomy were enrolled. They were randomly assigned to laparoscopic retroperitoneal lumbar sympathectomy (Group A or no surgical intervention (Group B - control groups. Quality-of-life modifications were assessed by specific questionnaires before and after surgery. In the same manner, direct sweat measurements were also performed pre- and post-intervention by evaluating trans-epidermal water loss. Despite the lack of intervention, the control group was evaluated at similar timepoints. RESULTS: In Group A, no major complications occurred in the peri-operative period. During the immediate post-operative period, three patients (20% experienced prolonged pain (more than ten days. Eight patients suffered from worsened compensatory sweating (53.3%. In Group A, after lumbar sympathectomy, the quality of life significantly improved (p<0.05, intra-group comparison beyond that of the control group (p<0.05, inter-group comparison. Also, lumbar sympathectomy resulted in significantly lower values of foot sweat (pre- vs. post-operative periods, p<0.05; Group A vs. Group B, p<0.05. These patients also developed higher values of sweat measurements on specific points of their dorsal and abdominal regions after the procedure (p<0

  11. Predictive procedure for compensatory hyperhidrosis before sympathectomy: preliminary findings.

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    Jeong, Jin Yong; Park, Hyung Joo; Park, Jae Kil; Jo, Keon Hyeon; Wang, Young Pil; Lee, Jongho; Shin, Jae Seong

    2014-08-01

    Compensatory hyperhidrosis is one of the most common and serious adverse effects following sympathectomy. We performed a local anesthetic procedure that predicts the occurrence and severity of compensatory hyperhidrosis, and evaluated the feasibility, safety, and efficacy of the procedure. From July 2009 to July 2010, 20 patients with severe primary palmar hyperhidrosis underwent predictive procedures. A sympathetic nerve block was obtained via thoracoscopic approach under local anesthesia. The patients were evaluated for compensatory hyperhidrosis 1 week after the procedure before deciding whether to proceed with sympathectomy. Of the 20 patients, 17 patients proceeded with sympathectomy and 3 refused the final procedure. Following sympathectomy, the occurrence and severity of compensatory hyperhidrosis in the remaining 17 patients were statistically analyzed with two tailed paired t test, and there is no significant difference between the predictive and final procedures (t = 1.69, df = 16, p > 0.1). Predictive procedure using local anesthesia to detect compensatory hyperhidrosis before sympathectomy may be useful for helping patients to decide whether to undergo the operation. Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New York.

  12. Retroperitoneoscopic lumbar sympathectomy for plantar hyperhidrosis.

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    Lima, Sonia O; de Santana, Vanessa R; Valido, Daisy P; de Andrade, Renata L B; Fontes, Leticia M; Leite, Victor Hugo O; Neto, José M; Santos, Jéssica M; Varjão, Lucas L; Reis, Francisco P

    2017-12-01

    The objective of this study was to assess the reduction in quality of life (QoL) caused by the persistence of primary plantar hyperhidrosis (PPH) symptoms and the level of satisfaction in PPH patients after retroperitoneoscopic lumbar sympathectomy (RLS). The efficacy, safety, and procedure of bilateral RLS in both sexes are also described in this study. This is a longitudinal study of consecutive patients who sought specific treatment from a private practitioner for severe PPH as classified on the Hyperhidrosis Disease Severity Scale (HDSS) from October 2005 to October 2014. The patients were asked to report the symptoms of PPH experienced in the immediate preoperative period and to complete a standardized QoL questionnaire developed by de Campos at least 12 months after RLS. Disease outcomes, recurrence of symptoms, and any adverse effects of surgery were evaluated after 30 days and at least 12 months after RLS. Lumbar sympathectomy was performed 116 times in 58 patients; 30 days after surgery, PPH was resolved in all patients. Three patients (5.2%) reported transient thigh neuralgia, and 19 (32.7%) reported transient paresthesia in the lower limbs. There were no reports of retrograde ejaculation. At a minimum of 12 months after RLS, 49 of the 58 patients had fully and correctly answered the follow-up questionnaire and noted a mild (HDSS 2) to moderate (HDSS 3) increase in pre-existing compensatory sweating. One patient had a PPH relapse within 6 months. Improvement in QoL due to the resolution of PPH was reported in 98% of the 49 patients. None of the operations necessitated a change in the laparotomy approach, and none of the patients died. RLS is safe and effective for the treatment of severe PPH in both sexes. There were no reports of retrograde ejaculation after resection of L3 and L4 ganglia. There was a mild to moderate increase in compensatory sweating in about half of the patients, but without any regret or dissatisfaction for having undergone the

  13. Peripheral Sympathectomy for Raynaud's Phenomenon: A Salvage Procedure

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    Wen-Her Wang

    2006-10-01

    Full Text Available We retrospectively reviewed the effectiveness of peripheral sympathectomy for severe Raynaud's phenomenon. In this study, a total of 14 digits from six patients with chronic digital ischemic change were included. All patients had pain, ulcer, or gangrenous change in the affected digits and were unresponsive to pharmacologic or other nonsurgical therapies. In all cases, angiography showed multifocal arterial lesions, so microvascular reconstruction was unfeasible. Peripheral sympathectomy was performed as a salvage procedure to prevent digit amputation. The results were analyzed according to reduction of pain, healing of ulcers, and prevention of amputation. In 12 of the 14 digits, the ulcers healed and amputation was avoided. In the other two digits, the ulcers improved and progressive gangrene was limited. As a salvage procedure for Raynaud's phenomenon recalcitrant to conservative treatment, peripheral sympathectomy improves perfusion to ischemic digits and enables amputation to be avoided.

  14. Thoracic sympathectomy for hyperhidrosis: from surgical indications to clinical results

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    Araújo, José Augusto

    2017-01-01

    Sympathectomy and its variations have been performed in thoracic surgery for more than 100 years. However, its indications have undergone profound modifications in this period. Likewise, since then the surgical technique has also evolved dramatically up to the minimally invasive techniques worldwide accessible in present days. Currently, primary hyperhidrosis is, by far, the main indication for thoracic sympathectomy and this procedure is usually carried out thoracoscopically with excellent results. However, until today, hyperhidrosis is a part of thoracic surgery still surrounded by controversy, persisting as an open field over which some confusion still resides regarding its pathophysiology, terms definitions and operative approaches. The aim of this article is to provide a wide but easily comprehensible review of the theme, discussing and clarifying the major concepts with respect to its clinical presentation, all the presently available treatment options and strategies with their potential benefits and risks, the adequate patient selection for sympathectomy, as well as the postoperative clinical results. PMID:28446983

  15. The effect of sympathectomy on bone blood flow in man

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    Lahtinen, T.; Alhava, E.M.; Hyoedynmaa, S.; Hendolin, H.; Oksala, I.

    1982-01-01

    The effect of lumbar sympathectomy on bone blood flow was measured in seven patients with a Xe-133 washout method. On the third postoperative day there was a significant increase of blood flow in the proximal femur and a slight increase in the proximal tibia. Two months after the operation blood flow in the proximal part of the femur was no more significantly increased but in the proximal tibia there was a significant increase. The study suggests that the positive effect of sympathectomy on bone blood flow may be of value in cases where the increase of blood flow to peripheral bones is required

  16. Anaesthesia for left thoracoscopic sympathectomy for refractory long ...

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    ... mutations including life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias and sudden death. Left thoracoscopic sympathectomy is an effective treatment for patients who are refractory to medical therapy or who need frequent epicardial internal cardio defibrillator intervention. The authors report three cases, one adult and two children, who ...

  17. Thoracic sympathectomy: effects on hemodynamics and baroreflex control

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    Kingma, René; TenVoorde, Ben J.; Scheffer, Gert Jan; Karemaker, John M.; Mackaay, Albert J. C.; Wesseling, Karel H.; de Lange, Jaap J.

    2002-01-01

    Endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy at T2-T4 is an effective and safe treatment for primary axillary and palmar hyperhidrosis and facial blushing refractory to conventional treatment. T2 and T4 ganglia however are in the direct pathway of sympathetic innervation of the heart and part of the vasomotor

  18. Orthostatic hypotension caused by sympathectomies performed for hyperhidrosis

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    van Lieshout, J. J.; Wieling, W.; Wesseling, K. H.; Endert, E.; Karemaker, J. M.

    1990-01-01

    We studied sympathetic cardiovascular control in a patient after sympathectomies and found severe hypoadrenergic orthostatic hypotension before and after, but not during upright exercise. This report is the first to correlate in man anatomical sympathetic lesions with autonomic function test results

  19. Microsurgical distal sympathectomy in chronic vasospastic syndromes of the hand.

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    Ortensi, Andrea; Salsano, Felice; Trinchi, Stefano; D'orazi, Valerio; Pisarri, Simonetta

    2005-01-01

    The authors propose a microsurgical technique to treat upper limb chronic digital ischemia that is resistant to medical therapy. The adventitiectomy technique on digital arteries is used here to remove the fibrous tissue and the vasoconstrictor sympathetic nervous fibers contained in it. This operation is a valid alternative to traditional proximal sympathectomy.

  20. Does Ondansetron Modify Sympathectomy Due to Subarachnoid Anesthesia?

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    Terkawi, Abdullah S; Mavridis, Dimitris; Flood, Pamela

    2016-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Disagreement among many underpowered studies has led to an equivocal understanding of the efficacy of the 5-HT3 antagonist ondansetron in preventing the consequences of sympathectomy after subarachnoid anesthesia. The authors assessed the efficacy of ondansetron with respect to the ov......BACKGROUND: Disagreement among many underpowered studies has led to an equivocal understanding of the efficacy of the 5-HT3 antagonist ondansetron in preventing the consequences of sympathectomy after subarachnoid anesthesia. The authors assessed the efficacy of ondansetron with respect.......12; I = 60%, P = 0.002) and bradycardia (relative risk = 0.44 [95% CI, 0.26 to 0.73], P = 0.001; TSA-adjusted CI, 0.05 to 3.85; I = 0%, P = 0.84). However, the authors found indications of bias among these trials. TSAs demonstrated that the meta-analysis lacked adequate information size and did...

  1. Sympathectomy versus Sympathicotomy in Palmar Hyperhidrosis Comparing T3 Ablation.

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    Aydemir, Bülent; Imamoglu, Oya; Okay, Tamer; Celik, Muharrem

    2015-12-01

    The objective of this study was to evaluate and compare thoracoscopic sympathectomy and sympathicotomy at the third ganglia (T3) level for the treatment of primary palmar hyperhidrosis in terms of initial surgery results, complications, and patient satisfaction. Two groups of patient underwent T3 thoracoscopic sympathectomy and thoracoscopic sympathicotomy under general anesthesia using single-lung ventilation via a double-lumen endotracheal tube by the same surgical team for the treatment of severe primary palmar hyperhidrosis or a combination of levels for multiarea between 2008 and 2013. The groups were homogeneous for relevant demographic, physiological, and clinical data. All patients were examined preoperatively and were followed up at 6 months postoperatively. In both groups, patient's satisfaction was evaluated 6 months after surgery by a detailed interview and scored into three grades (1 = very satisfied, 2 = satisfied, and 3 = dissatisfied). No operative mortality, major intraoperative complication, infections, and Horner syndrome were recorded. There was no treatment failure. The average time of operation was 50 minutes for Group A (sympathectomy) and 36 minutes for Group B (sympathicotomy). Compensatory sweating occurred in 40 patients (89% for Group A and 85.11% for Group B) with a different accumulation of the severity degree. The satisfaction rate was 91.11% for Group A and 93.61% for Group B. There was no significant difference between thoracoscopic sympathectomy and sympathicotomy at the third ganglia (T3) level for the treatment of primary palmar hyperhidrosis in terms of initial surgery results, complications, and patient satisfaction. Neither surgical technique is better than the other one for palmar hyperhidrosis treatment. Development of severe compensatory sweating and postoperative pain are major determinant factors of patient dissatisfaction. Sympathicotomy should be preferred for palmar hyperhidrosis treatment, as it is much

  2. [Lumbar sympathectomy literature review over the past 15 years].

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    Pekař, M; Mazur, M; Pekařová, A; Kozák, J; Foltys, A

    2016-03-01

    Lumbar sympathectomy (LS) irreversibly damages a part of the sympathetic trunk and adjacent ganglia between L1 and L5, typically between L2 and L4. The first LS was performed in 1923. Initially, it used to be performed very often; however, with the progress of vascular and endovascular surgery its importance gradually continues to decline. The aim of the paper is to present literature review focusing on LS over the past 15 years. Literature review of 113 academic articles found in academic journal databases. Irreversible interruption of the efferent innervation leads to relative vasodilation of small vessels in lower extremities (α1-receptors blockade), and it reduces the volume of sweat due to inactivation of eccrine glands and nociception from lower limbs. Raynaud´s phenomenon, thromboangitis obliterans, non-revascularizable peripheral arterial disease (PAD) (Fontain grade III-IV), hyperhidrosis, persistent pain in lower extremities, chronic pain of amputation stump, frostbites, chilblains.Effect: The three largest studies showed a positive effect in 63.6-93.4% cases of PAD and in 97%100% cases of hyperhidrosis. The positive effect was defined as warmer lower extremities, increased blood flow, acceleration of chronic defects healing, sweating disappearance and pain reduction. Lumbar sympathectomy still remains a useful method in the treatment of above mentioned diseases if properly indicated. lumbar sympathectomy - Raynaud´s phenomenon - thromboangitis obliterans -peripheral arterial disease - hyperhidrosis.

  3. Management of Plantar Hyperhidrosis with Endoscopic Lumbar Sympathectomy.

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    Rieger, Roman

    2016-11-01

    Primary plantar hyperhidrosis is defined as excessive secretion of the sweat glands of the feet and may lead to significant limitations in private and professional lifestyle and reduction of health-related quality of life. Conservative therapy measures usually fail to provide sufficient relieve of symptoms and do not allow long-lasting elimination of hyperhidrosis. Endoscopic lumbar sympathectomy appears to be a safe and effective procedure for eliminating excessive sweating of the feet and improves quality of life of patients with severe plantar hyperhidrosis. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  4. Palmar hyperhidrosis - CT guided chemical percutaneous thoracic sympathectomy

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    Adler, O.B.; Engel, A.; Rosenberger, A. (Technion-Israel Inst. of Tech., Haifa (Israel). Dept. of Diagnostic Radiology); Dondelinger, R. (Centre Hospitalier, Luxembourg (Luxembourg). Dept. of Diagnostic Radiology)

    1990-10-01

    Palmar hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating of the hands causes, to those affected, emotional and physical disturbance and impediment in professional and social life. The cause is unknown. Sweat glands are innervated by the sympathic chain of the autonomous nervous system. The center of sympathic regulation of the upper extremities is located between the segments of D.2-D.9 of the spinal cord. Accepted treatment consists of surgery aimed to excise the third thoracic sympathic ganglion. CT guided chemical percutaneous thoracic sympathectomy presents an alternative, which in the event of failure does not prevent ensuing surgery. The preliminary experience with this procedure in 50 patients is presented and discussed. (orig./GDG).

  5. Comparing two methods of thoracoscopic sympathectomy for palmar hyperhidrosis.

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    Ibrahim, Magdi; Allam, Abdulla

    2014-09-01

    Hyperhidrosis can cause significant professional and social handicaps. Thoracic endoscopic sympathectomy has become the surgical technique of choice for treating intractable palmar hyperhidrosis and can be performed through multiple ports or a single port. This prospective study compares outcomes between the two methods. The study followed 71 consecutive patients who underwent video-assisted sympathectomy for palmar hyperhidrosis between January 2008 and June 2012. In all patients, the procedure was bilateral and performed in one stage. The multiple-port method was used in 35 patients (group A) and the single-port method in 36 patients (group B). Preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative variables; morbidity, recurrence; and survival were compared in both groups. The procedure was successful in 100% of the patients; none experienced a recurrence of palmar hyperhidrosis, Horner syndrome (oculosympathetic palsy), or serious postoperative complications, and none died. No patients required conversion to an open procedure. Residual minimal pneumothorax occurred in two patients (5.7%) in group A and in one patient (2.8%) in group B. Minimal hemothorax occurred in one patient (2.9%) in group A and in three patients (8.3%) in group B. Compensatory hyperhidrosis occurred in seven patients (20%) in group A and in eight patients (22.2%) in group B. No difference was found between the multiple- and single-port methods. Both are effective, safe minimally invasive procedures that permanently improve quality of life in patients with palmar hyperhidrosis.

  6. Recovery of sympathetic nerve function after lumbar sympathectomy is slower in the hind limbs than in the torso.

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    Zheng, Zhi-Fang; Liu, Yi-Shu; Min, Xuan; Tang, Jian-Bing; Liu, Hong-Wei; Cheng, Biao

    2017-07-01

    Local sympathetic denervation by surgical sympathectomy is used in the treatment of lower limb ulcers and ischemia, but the restoration of cutaneous sympathetic nerve functions is less clear. This study aims to explore the recovery of cutaneous sympathetic functions after bilateral L 2-4 sympathectomy. The skin temperature of the left feet, using a point monitoring thermometer, increased intraoperatively after sympathectomy. The cytoplasm of sympathetic neurons contained tyrosine hydroxylase and dopamine β-hydroxylase, visualized by immunofluorescence, indicated the accuracy of sympathectomy. Iodine starch test results suggested that the sweating function of the hind feet plantar skin decreased 2 and 7 weeks after lumbar sympathectomy but had recovered by 3 months. Immunofluorescence and western blot assay results revealed that norepinephrine and dopamine β-hydroxylase expression in the skin from the sacrococcygeal region and hind feet decreased in the sympathectomized group at 2 weeks. Transmission electron microscopy results showed that perinuclear space and axon demyelination in sympathetic cells in the L 5 sympathetic trunks were found in the sympathectomized group 3 months after sympathectomy. Although sympathetic denervation occurred in the sacrococcygeal region and hind feet skin 2 weeks after lumbar sympathectomy, the skin functions recovered gradually over 7 weeks to 3 months. In conclusion, sympathetic functional recovery may account for the recurrence of hyperhidrosis after sympathectomy and the normalization of sympathetic nerve trunks after incomplete injury. The recovery of sympathetic nerve function was slower in the limbs than in the torso after bilateral L 2-4 sympathectomy.

  7. Recovery of sympathetic nerve function after lumbar sympathectomy is slower in the hind limbs than in the torso

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    Zhi-fang Zheng

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Local sympathetic denervation by surgical sympathectomy is used in the treatment of lower limb ulcers and ischemia, but the restoration of cutaneous sympathetic nerve functions is less clear. This study aims to explore the recovery of cutaneous sympathetic functions after bilateral L2–4 sympathectomy. The skin temperature of the left feet, using a point monitoring thermometer, increased intraoperatively after sympathectomy. The cytoplasm of sympathetic neurons contained tyrosine hydroxylase and dopamine β-hydroxylase, visualized by immunofluorescence, indicated the accuracy of sympathectomy. Iodine starch test results suggested that the sweating function of the hind feet plantar skin decreased 2 and 7 weeks after lumbar sympathectomy but had recovered by 3 months. Immunofluorescence and western blot assay results revealed that norepinephrine and dopamine β-hydroxylase expression in the skin from the sacrococcygeal region and hind feet decreased in the sympathectomized group at 2 weeks. Transmission electron microscopy results showed that perinuclear space and axon demyelination in sympathetic cells in the L5 sympathetic trunks were found in the sympathectomized group 3 months after sympathectomy. Although sympathetic denervation occurred in the sacrococcygeal region and hind feet skin 2 weeks after lumbar sympathectomy, the skin functions recovered gradually over 7 weeks to 3 months. In conclusion, sympathetic functional recovery may account for the recurrence of hyperhidrosis after sympathectomy and the normalization of sympathetic nerve trunks after incomplete injury. The recovery of sympathetic nerve function was slower in the limbs than in the torso after bilateral L2–4 sympathectomy.

  8. Simpatectomia lombar por pneumoretroperitonioscopia (SLPR Retroperitoneal endoscopic lumbar sympathectomy

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    Wander Eduardo Sardinha

    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available CONTEXTO: A simpatectomia ainda encontra indicação no tratamento de várias doenças, tais como a insuficiência arterial periférica crônica aterosclerótica grau IV (Fontaine sem condições de revascularização, úlceras hipertensivas e o fenômeno de Raynaud acompanhado de lesões tróficas. A cirurgia clássica é realizada através do acesso retroperitoneal, mas também pode ser realizada por meio de técnicas minimamente invasivas. OBJETIVO: Este trabalho tem o objetivo de mostrar os resultados da simpatectomia lombar por pneumoretroperitonioscopia. MÉTODOS: Trinta e um pacientes foram submetidos a simpatectomia lombar por pneumoretroperitonioscopia (22 homens e nove mulheres, com média de idade de 48 anos (41-70. Vinte eram pacientes com insuficiência arterial periférica crônica, sem possibilidade de revascularização, todos com lesões (necroses ou úlceras; sete pacientes eram portadores de tromboangeite obliterante; três tinham úlcera hipertensiva; e um apresentava fenômeno de Raynaud secundário. As cirurgias foram realizadas por pneumoretroperitoneoscopia, sendo feita a exérese do segundo ao quarto gânglio da cadeia lombar. RESULTADOS: Não houve complicações intra-operatórias, havendo necessidade de apenas uma conversão para cirurgia convencional por dificuldade técnica. A duração média do procedimento foi de 103 minutos e o tempo médio de internação foi de 2 dias. CONCLUSÃO: A simpatectomia pode ser realizada por pneumoretroperitonioscopia com as vantagens de uma cirurgia minimamente invasiva.BACKGROUND: Sympathectomy can still be performed in the treatment of many diseases, such as chronic atherosclerotic peripheral arterial disease stage IV without conditions of revascularization, hypertensive ulcer and necrosis associated with Raynaud phenomenon. The classical treatment is performed through retroperitoneal access, but can also be performed through minimally invasive techniques. OBJECTIVE: This study

  9. Two-Step Incision for Periarterial Sympathectomy of the Hand.

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    Jeon, Seung Bae; Ahn, Hee Chang; Ahn, Yong Su; Choi, Matthew Seung Suk

    2015-11-01

    Surgical scars on the palmar surface of the hand may lead to functional and also aesthetic and psychological consequences. The objective of this study was to introduce a new incision technique for periarterial sympathectomy of the hand and to compare the results of the new two-step incision technique with those of a Koman incision by using an objective questionnaire. A total of 40 patients (17 men and 23 women) with intractable Raynaud's disease or syndrome underwent surgery in our hospital, conducted by a single surgeon, between January 2008 and January 2013. Patients who had undergone extended sympathectomy or vessel graft were excluded. Clinical evaluation of postoperative scars was performed in both groups one year after surgery using the patient and observer scar assessment scale (POSAS) and the Wake Forest University rating scale. The total patient score was 8.59 (range, 6-15) in the two-step incision group and 9.62 (range, 7-18) in the Koman incision group. A significant difference was found between the groups in the total PS score (P-value=0.034) but not in the total observer score. Our analysis found no significant difference in preoperative and postoperative Wake Forest University rating scale scores between the two-step and Koman incision groups. The time required for recovery prior to returning to work after surgery was shorter in the two-step incision group, with a mean of 29.48 days in the two-step incision group and 34.15 days in the Koman incision group (P=0.03). Compared to the Koman incision, the new two-step incision technique provides better aesthetic results, similar symptom improvement, and a reduction in the recovery time required before returning to work. Furthermore, this incision allows the surgeon to access a wide surgical field and a sufficient exposure of anatomical structures.

  10. Two-Step Incision for Periarterial Sympathectomy of the Hand

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    Seung Bae Jeon

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available BackgroundSurgical scars on the palmar surface of the hand may lead to functional and also aesthetic and psychological consequences. The objective of this study was to introduce a new incision technique for periarterial sympathectomy of the hand and to compare the results of the new two-step incision technique with those of a Koman incision by using an objective questionnaire.MethodsA total of 40 patients (17 men and 23 women with intractable Raynaud's disease or syndrome underwent surgery in our hospital, conducted by a single surgeon, between January 2008 and January 2013. Patients who had undergone extended sympathectomy or vessel graft were excluded. Clinical evaluation of postoperative scars was performed in both groups one year after surgery using the patient and observer scar assessment scale (POSAS and the Wake Forest University rating scale.ResultsThe total patient score was 8.59 (range, 6-15 in the two-step incision group and 9.62 (range, 7-18 in the Koman incision group. A significant difference was found between the groups in the total PS score (P-value=0.034 but not in the total observer score. Our analysis found no significant difference in preoperative and postoperative Wake Forest University rating scale scores between the two-step and Koman incision groups. The time required for recovery prior to returning to work after surgery was shorter in the two-step incision group, with a mean of 29.48 days in the two-step incision group and 34.15 days in the Koman incision group (P=0.03.ConclusionsCompared to the Koman incision, the new two-step incision technique provides better aesthetic results, similar symptom improvement, and a reduction in the recovery time required before returning to work. Furthermore, this incision allows the surgeon to access a wide surgical field and a sufficient exposure of anatomical structures.

  11. Effects of Endoscopic Thoracic Sympathectomy on Raynaud's Disease.

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    Karapolat, Sami; Turkyilmaz, Atila; Tekinbas, Celal

    2018-01-12

    Raynaud's disease is a disorder that is characterized by attacks of pain, cyanosis, redness, and numbness in the upper extremities caused by vasospasm of digital arteries due to cold or emotional stress. We aimed at demonstrating our experiences with endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy (ETS) in the treatment of Raynaud's disease. From 48 patients who underwent ETS for various reasons at our department between January 2014 and January 2015, we reviewed 9 patients with Raynaud's disease (18.7%) with respect to their demographic characteristics such as gender and age, postoperative complications, short-term results, side effects, recurrence of symptoms, and long-terms results. The symptoms and findings reappeared and the number and dosage of the drugs used returned to their preoperative levels in 66.6% of the patients at month 6, and in all patients except 1 at the end of the 1st year. ETS should be considered an ultimate choice for patients with Raynaud's disease who have treatment-resistant severe symptoms and serious complications, disturbed social and daily lives, and impaired quality of life, and all patients should be properly informed before the surgery about the possibility of a high rate of recurrence.

  12. Comparison of only T3 and T3-T4 sympathectomy for axillary hyperhidrosis regarding treatment effect and compensatory sweating.

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    Yuncu, Gökhan; Turk, Figen; Ozturk, Gökhan; Atinkaya, Cansel

    2013-08-01

    Patients diagnosed with axillary hyperhidrosis can face psychosocial issues that can ultimately hinder their quality of life both privately and socially. The routine treatment for axillary hyperhidrosis is T3-T4 sympathectomy, but compensatory sweating is a serious side effect that is commonly seen with this approach. This study was designed to evaluate whether a T3 sympathectomy was effective for the treatment of axillary hyperhidrosis and whether this treatment led to less compensatory sweating than T3-T4 sympathectomies among our 60-patient population. One hundred and twenty endoscopic thoracic sympathectomies were performed on 60 patients who had axillary hyperhidrosis. The sympathectomies were accomplished by means of a single-lumen endotracheal tube and a single port. The axillary hyperhidrosis patients were randomly divided into two groups with 17 patients in Group 1 undergoing T3-T4 sympathectomies and 43 in Group 2 undergoing only T3 sympathectomies. We analysed the data associated with the resolution of axillary hyperhidrosis, the degree of patient satisfaction with the surgical outcome and the quality of life in parallel with compensatory sweating after the procedure as reported by the patient and confirmed by the examiner. Moreover, the results were compared statistically. No statistically significant difference was observed between the groups based on age (P=0.56), gender (P=0.81), duration of the surgery (P=0.35) or postoperative satisfaction levels (P=0.45). However, the incidence and degree of compensatory sweating were lower in the T3 group than the T3-T4 group at the 1-year follow-up (P=0.008). T3 sympathectomy was as effective as T3-T4 sympathectomy for the treatment of axillary hyperhidrosis based on the patients' reported postoperative satisfaction, and the T3 group demonstrated lower compensatory sweating at the 1-year follow-up.

  13. Influence of sympathectomy in humans on the rhythmicity of 6-sulphatoxymelatonin urinary excretion

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    Møller, Morten; Osgaard, Ole; Grønbech-Jensen, Michael

    2006-01-01

    The amount of 6-sulphatoxymelatonin, the chief metabolite of melatonin, in the urine was measured in nine patients, who were subjected to bilateral sympathectomy at the second thoracic ganglionic level for treatment of hyperhidrosis of the palms. All patients showed before surgery a normal 6...

  14. Pulse oximeter perfusion index as an early indicator of sympathectomy after epidural anesthesia.

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    Ginosar, Y; Weiniger, C F; Meroz, Y; Kurz, V; Bdolah-Abram, T; Babchenko, A; Nitzan, M; Davidson, E M

    2009-09-01

    The pulse oximeter perfusion index (PI) has been used to indicate sympathectomy-induced vasodilatation. We hypothesized that pulse oximeter PI provides an earlier and clearer indication of sympathectomy following epidural anesthesia than skin temperature and arterial pressure. Forty patients received lumbar epidural catheters. Patients were randomized to receive either 10 ml 0.5% bupivacaine or 10 ml 0.25% bupivacaine. PI in the toe, mean arterial pressure (MAP) and toe temperature were all assessed at baseline and at 5, 10 and 20 min following epidural anesthesia. The effect of epidural anesthesia over time was assessed by repeated measures analysis of variance. Additionally, we defined clinically evident sympathectomy criteria (a 100% increase in the PI, a 15% decrease in MAP and a 1 degrees C increase in toe temperature). The numbers of patients demonstrating these changes for each test were compared using the McNemar test for each time point. Twenty-nine subjects had photoplethysmography signals that met a priori signal quality criteria for analysis. By 20 min, PI increased by 326%, compared with a 10% decrease and a 3% increase in MAP and toe temperature, respectively. For PI 15/29, 26/29 and 29/29 of the subjects met the sympathectomy criteria at 5, 10 and 20 min, respectively, compared with 4/29, 6/29 and 18/29 for MAP changes and 3/29, 8/29 and 14/29 for toe temperature changes. PI was an earlier, clearer and more sensitive indicator of the development of epidural-induced sympathectomy than either skin temperature or MAP.

  15. Twenty Months of Evolution Following Sympathectomy on Patients with Palmar Hyperhidrosis: Sympathectomy at the T3 Level is Better than at the T2 Level

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    Yazbek, Guilherme; Wolosker, Nelson; Kauffman, Paulo; de Campos, José Ribas Milanez; Puech-Leão, Pedro; Jatene, Fábio Biscegli

    2009-01-01

    OBJECTIVE To compare two surgical techniques (denervation levels) for sympathectomy using video-assisted thoracoscopy to treat palmar hyperhidrosis in the long-term. METHODS From May 2003 to June 2006, 60 patients with palmar hyperhidrosis were prospectively randomized for video-assisted thoracoscopic sympathectomy at the T2 or T3 ganglion level. They were followed for a mean of 20 months and were evaluated regarding their degree of improvement of palmar hyperhidrosis, incidence and severity of compensatory hyperhidrosis and its evolution over time, and quality of life. RESULTS Fifty-nine cases presented resolution of the palmar hyperhidrosis. One case of therapeutic failure occurred in the T3 group. Most of the patients presented an improvement in palmar hyperhidrosis, without any difference between the groups. Twenty months later, all patients in both groups presented some degree of compensatory hyperhidrosis but with less severity in the T3 group (p = 0.007). Compensatory hyperhidrosis developed in most patients during the first month after the operation, with incidence and severity that remained stable over time. An improvement in quality of life was seen starting from the first postoperative evaluation but without any difference between the groups. This improvement was maintained until the end of the follow-up. CONCLUSION Both techniques were effective for treating palmar hyperhidrosis. The most frequent complication was compensatory hyperhidrosis, which presented stable incidence and severity over the study period. Sympathectomy at the T3 level presented compensatory hyperhidrosis with less severity. Nevertheless, the improvement in quality of life was similar between the groups. PMID:19690657

  16. Digital periarterial sympathectomy in the management of post-traumatic Raynaud syndrome.

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    Letamendia, Ander; López-Román, Javier; Bustamante-Munguira, Juan; Herreros, Jesús

    2016-02-01

    Among Basque handball players, the repeated impact of a ball on the palms of their hands hundreds of thousands of times throughout their sporting careers produces Raynaud syndrome. Treating this patient group is complex. Our objective was to assess the efficacy of digital periarterial sympathectomy in this patient group. The study included all of the federated amateur and professional Basque handball patients who presented with Raynaud syndrome assessed in the vascular surgery service between January 2005 and December 2012. The postoperative assessment included a physical examination, basal photoplethysmography and photoplethysmography after heat hyperemia, and arteriography or magnetic resonance angiography. All 182 digital periarterial sympathectomies in the 114 fingers of 60 patients were in Porter functional class III or IV. All patients were discharged within the first 48 hours. Follow-up results, with a mean of 2 years ± 5 months, were 100%. All patients presented immediate pain remission, recovery of comfort, normal nail growth, rapid healing of all ulcers, distal anhidrosis, and return to active sport participation. The results remain steady in 58 patients (93.5%). Mean time until return to sports activity was 9.95 ± 1.61 weeks. Digital periarterial sympathectomy is a simple, relatively nonaggressive technique without adverse side effects and with excellent medium-term results. In patients with Raynaud syndrome refractory to medical treatment and with threat to the viability of one or several fingers, digital periarterial sympathectomy can be the first treatment option, especially in cases of arteritis associated with very severe spasms. Copyright © 2016 Society for Vascular Surgery. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  17. Thoracoscopic bilateral T3 sympathectomy for primary focal hyperhidrosis in children.

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    Laje, Pablo; Rhodes, Kali; Magee, Leanne; Klarich, Mary Kate

    2017-02-01

    Present our experience in the surgical treatment of primary focal hyperhidrosis of the hands by thoracoscopic bilateral T3 sympathectomy in pediatric patients. Retrospective chart review of all patients operated between 2013 and 2015. We operated and included in the study 28 patients, 22 females and 6 males. Mean age was 14 (6-21) years. All patients had previously tried at least one form of medical therapy with no success. All patients were extensively counseled regarding the potential side effects of the sympathectomy. The operations were done in supine position with the arms extended. All patients were intubated with a double-lumen endotracheal tube for sequential lung isolation. We used a 5-mm port for the scope and a 3-mm port for the instruments, both placed in the axilla. The third rib was identified by fluoroscopy. The sympathectomy was done with monopolar cautery. Mean operative time was 43 (25-71) minutes. No chest tubes were used. The incidence of intraoperative or postoperative complications was zero. All patients were discharged within the first 24 postoperative hours. All patients achieved immediate complete postoperative resolution of the palmar hyperhidrosis, sustained in all cases at a median follow-up of 17 (2-34) months. The mean preoperative quality of life score (based on a multifunctional self-assessment questionnaire) was 41/100, whereas after the operation, it was 92/100. Only 1 patient developed temporary compensatory sweating. All patients were satisfied with the result of the operation. Thoracoscopic bilateral T3 sympathectomy is a safe and effective treatment for children and adolescents with primary focal hyperhidrosis of the hands who failed medical management and have a very low rate of compensatory sweating. IV. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  18. One-year follow-up period after transumbilical thoracic sympathectomy for hyperhidrosis: outcomes and consequences.

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    Zhu, Li-Huan; Du, Quan; Chen, Long; Yang, Shengsheng; Tu, Yuanrong; Chen, Shengping; Chen, Weisheng

    2014-01-01

    Thoracic sympathectomy is considered the most effective method to treat palmar hyperhidrosis. We developed a novel approach for thoracic sympathectomy in patients with palmar hyperhidrosis through the umbilicus, using an ultrathin gastroscope. The aim of this study was to evaluate the continuing efficacy and patient satisfaction of this innovative surgery. All procedures were performed under general anesthesia and the patients were intubated with a dual-lumen endotracheal tube. After a 5-mm umbilical incision, the muscular parts of the diaphragmatic dome were incised with a needle-knife and the nasal gastroscope was advanced into the thoracic cavity. The sympathetic chain was identified at the desired thoracic level and ablated with hot biopsy forceps. All patients were followed up for at least 1 year after the procedure through clinic visits or telephone/e-mail interviews. From April 2010 to August 2011, a total of 35 patients underwent a transumbilical thoracic sympathectomy. Fifty-seven percent were male patients, with a mean age of 21.2 years (range, 16-33 years). The success rate after 12 months was 97.1% (34 of 35) for isolated palmar hyperhidrosis and 72.2% (13 of 18) for axillary hyperhidrosis. Compensatory sweating was reported in 28.6% of patients at the 1-year follow-up evaluation. There was no mortality, no diaphragmatic hernia, and no Horner syndrome was observed. Quality of life related to hyperhidrosis improved substantially in 27 (77.1%) patients, and improved in 4 (11.4%) patients at 12 months after surgery. A total of 94.3% of patients were satisfied with the excellent cosmetic results of the surgical incision. Transumbilical thoracic sympathectomy is an efficacious alternative to the conventional approach. This technique avoided the chronic pain and chest wall paresthesia associated with the chest incision. In addition, this novel procedure afforded maximum cosmetic benefits. Copyright © 2014 The American Association for Thoracic Surgery

  19. [Bilateral dorsal sympathectomy for the treatment of primary hyperhidrosis: effects on lung function at 3 years].

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    Vigil, Laura; Calaf, Núria; Feixas, Teresa; Casan, Pere

    2010-01-01

    Primary hyperhidrosis is characterized by excessive sweating of the palms, soles, and axillae due to overactivity of the sympathetic nervous system at the level of the second and third sympathetic thoracic ganglia. The treatment of choice is bilateral dorsal sympathectomy performed using video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS). The objective of our study was to determine whether lung function changes observed in a group of patients prior to bilateral dorsal sympathectomy performed using VATS were still evident 3 years after surgery. Of the 20 patients studied at baseline, we were able to obtain data for 18 (3 men and 15 women; mean age, 35 y). They underwent spirometry and a bronchial challenge test with methacholine, and the fraction of exhaled nitric oxide (FE(NO)) was measured. The results were compared with those of the tests performed before surgery. At 3 years from baseline, we detected a statistically significant increase in forced vital capacity from a mean (SD) of 96% (10%) to 101% (11%) (P=.008), and a statistically significant decrease in midexpiratory flow rate from 3.8 (0.9)L/s to 3.5 (0.9)L/s (P=.01). The results of the bronchial challenge test with methacholine and the FE(NO) remained unchanged. The lung function changes detected point toward minimal, clinically insignificant small airway alterations due to sympathetic denervation following bilateral dorsal sympathectomy performed 3 years earlier. Copyright (c) 2008 SEPAR. Published by Elsevier Espana. All rights reserved.

  20. Local chemical sympathectomy of rat bone marrow and its effect on marrow cell composition.

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    Dubový, P; Klusáková, I; Kučera, L; Osičková, J; Chovancová, J; Loja, T; Mayer, J; Doubek, M; Joukal, M

    2017-09-01

    Existing experimental studies of the effect of sympathetic nerve fibers on bone marrow cells are based on the systemic administration of neurotoxic 6-hydroxydopamine. The method of global chemical sympathectomy has some serious disadvantages and could lead to questionable results. We describe a new method of local chemical sympathectomy of rat femoral bone marrow using guanethidine (Ismelin) delivery using an osmotic mini pump. Local guanethidine treatment for 14days led to complete elimination of sympathetic fibers in femoral bone marrow in contrast to bone marrow of contralateral or naïve femurs. Ablation of sympathetic fibers was associated with a loss of rat endothelial cell marker (RECA) indicating immunophenotype changes in blood vessel endothelial cells, but no significant effect of guanethidine was found on the survival of endothelial cells and mesenchymal stem cells in vitro. Moreover, local guanethidine treatment also elicited a significant reduction of Nestin+/SDF1+ mesenchymal stem cells and c-Kit+/CD90+ hematopoietic stem cells in femoral bone marrow. Tissue-specific chemical sympathectomy of rat bone marrow by guanethidine overcomes some of the drawbacks of systemic administration of neurotoxic compounds like 6-hydroxydopamine and delivers unequivocal evidence on the effects of sympathetic innervation on the cell content of bone marrow. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  1. Long-term effects of thoracic sympathectomy on microcirculation in the hands of patients with primary Raynaud disease.

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    Maga, Paweł; Kuzdzał, Jarosław; Nizankowski, Rafał; Szczeklik, Andrzej; Sładek, Krzysztof

    2007-06-01

    Videothoracoscopic sympathecomy is a widely used treatment modality in patients with severe Raynaud disease, but the reported late results are less than favorable. There have been no direct studies of the long-term effect of sympathectomy on microcirculation in the hands of these patients. In 25 patients with Raynaud disease treated with videothoracoscopic Th2-Th4 sympathectomy, we performed basal laser-Doppler flowmetry and measured the maximal refilling time after 1-minute occlusion measurements preoperatively and at 1 week, 6 months, and 1, 2, 3, and 5 years after the sympathectomy. The results were compared with the same measurements obtained in the group of 50 healthy individuals. The patients' symptom severity was assessed by using the visual analogue scale. The basal capillary flow and the maximal refilling time improved after the sympathectomy to a level not different from that seen in the healthy population, and the effect was maintained during the 5-year follow-up period. The patients' symptom severity scores diminished to zero in the early postoperative period and increased to 28% of their initial value 5 years after the operation. The videothoracoscopic Th2-Th4 sympathectomy produces excellent and long-lasting improvement of microcirculation function in patients with Raynaud disease. The mild return of symptoms might be due to factors other than the capillary blood flow alterations.

  2. Blue toe syndrome treated with sympathectomy in a patient with acute renal failure caused by cholesterol embolization

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    Min-Gang Kim

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Blue toe syndrome is the most frequent manifestation of tissue ischemia caused by cholesterol embolization (CE, which can lead to amputation of affected lower extremities, if severe. However, any effective treatment is lacking. We experienced a case of spontaneously presenting blue toe syndrome and concomitant acute renal failure in a patient with multiple atherosclerotic risk factors. CE was confirmed by renal biopsy. Despite medical treatment including prostaglandin therapy and narcotics, the toe lesion progressed to gangrene with worsening ischemic pain. Therefore, we performed lumbar sympathectomy, which provided dramatic pain relief as well as an adequate blood flow to the ischemic lower extremities, resulting in healing of the gangrenous lesion and avoiding toe amputation. This is the first reported case of a patient with intractable ischemic toe syndrome caused by CE that was treated successfully by sympathectomy. Our observations suggest that sympathectomy may be beneficial in some patients with CE-associated blue toe syndrome.

  3. Two-stage unilateral versus one-stage bilateral single-port sympathectomy for palmar and axillary hyperhidrosis†

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    Ibrahim, Mohsen; Menna, Cecilia; Andreetti, Claudio; Ciccone, Anna Maria; D'Andrilli, Antonio; Maurizi, Giulio; Poggi, Camilla; Vanni, Camilla; Venuta, Federico; Rendina, Erino Angelo

    2013-01-01

    OBJECTIVES Video-assisted thoracoscopic sympathectomy is currently the best treatment for palmar and axillary hyperhidrosis. It can be performed through either one or two stages of surgery. This study aimed to evaluate the operative and postoperative results of two-stage unilateral vs one-stage bilateral thoracoscopic sympathectomy. METHODS From November 1995 to February 2011, 270 patients with severe palmar and/or axillary hyperhidrosis were recruited for this study. One hundred and thirty patients received one-stage bilateral, single-port video-assisted thoracoscopic sympathectomy (one-stage group) and 140, two-stage unilateral, single-port video-assisted thoracoscopic sympathectomy, with a mean time interval of 4 months between the procedures (two-stage group). RESULTS The mean postoperative follow-up period was 12.5 (range: 1–24 months). After surgery, hands and axillae of all patients were dry and warm. Sixteen (12%) patients of the one-stage group and 15 (11%) of the two-stage group suffered from mild/moderate pain (P = 0.8482). The mean operative time was 38 ± 5 min in the one-stage group and 39 ± 8 min in the two-stage group (P = 0.199). Pneumothorax occurred in 8 (6%) patients of the one-stage group and in 11 (8%) of the two-stage group. Compensatory sweating occurred in 25 (19%) patients of the one-stage group and in 6 (4%) of the two-stage group (P = 0.0001). No patients developed Horner's syndrome. CONCLUSIONS Both two-stage unilateral and one-stage bilateral single-port video-assisted thoracoscopic sympathectomies are effective, safe and minimally invasive procedures. Two-stage unilateral sympathectomy can be performed with a lower occurrence of compensatory sweating, improving permanently the quality of life in patients with palmar and axillary hyperhidrosis. PMID:23442937

  4. Randomized trial - oxybutynin for treatment of persistent plantar hyperhidrosis in women after sympathectomy

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    da Silva Costa, Altair; Leão, Luiz Eduardo Villaça; Succi, José Ernesto; Perfeito, Joao Aléssio Juliano; Filho, Adauto Castelo; Rymkiewicz, Erika; Filho, Marco Aurelio Marchetti

    2014-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: Hyperhidrosis is a common disease, and thoracoscopic sympathectomy improves its symptoms in up to 95% of cases. Unfortunately, after surgery, plantar hyperhidrosis may remain in 50% of patients, and compensatory sweating may be observed in 70%. This clinical scenario remains a challenge. Our objective was to evaluate the effectiveness of oxybutynin in the treatment of persistent plantar hyperhidrosis and compensatory sweating and its effects on quality of life in women after thoracoscopic sympathectomy. METHOD: We conducted a prospective, randomized study to compare the effects of oxybutynin at 10 mg daily and placebo in women with persistent plantar hyperhidrosis. The assessment was performed using a quality-of-life questionnaire for hyperhidrosis and sweating measurement with a device for quantifying transepidermal water loss. Clinicaltrials.gov: NCT01328015. RESULTS: Sixteen patients were included in each group (placebo and oxybutynin). There were no significant differences between the groups prior to treatment. After oxybutynin treatment, there was a decrease in symptoms and clinical improvement based on the quality-of-life questionnaire (before treatment, 40.4 vs. after treatment, 17.5; p = 0.001). The placebo group showed modest improvement (p = 0.09). The outcomes of the transepidermal water loss measurements in the placebo group showed no differences (p = 0.95), whereas the oxybutynin group revealed a significant decrease (p = 0.001). The most common side effect was dry mouth (100% in the oxybutynin group vs. 43.8% in the placebo group; p = 0.001). CONCLUSION: Oxybutynin was effective in the treatment of persistent plantar hyperhidrosis, resulting in a better quality of life in women who had undergone thoracoscopic sympathectomy. PMID:24519200

  5. Comparison of only T3 and T3–T4 sympathectomy for axillary hyperhidrosis regarding treatment effect and compensatory sweating

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    Yuncu, Gökhan; Turk, Figen; Ozturk, Gökhan; Atinkaya, Cansel

    2013-01-01

    OBJECTIVES Patients diagnosed with axillary hyperhidrosis can face psychosocial issues that can ultimately hinder their quality of life both privately and socially. The routine treatment for axillary hyperhidrosis is T3–T4 sympathectomy, but compensatory sweating is a serious side effect that is commonly seen with this approach. This study was designed to evaluate whether a T3 sympathectomy was effective for the treatment of axillary hyperhidrosis and whether this treatment led to less compensatory sweating than T3–T4 sympathectomies among our 60-patient population. METHODS One hundred and twenty endoscopic thoracic sympathectomies were performed on 60 patients who had axillary hyperhidrosis. The sympathectomies were accomplished by means of a single-lumen endotracheal tube and a single port. The axillary hyperhidrosis patients were randomly divided into two groups with 17 patients in Group 1 undergoing T3–T4 sympathectomies and 43 in Group 2 undergoing only T3 sympathectomies. We analysed the data associated with the resolution of axillary hyperhidrosis, the degree of patient satisfaction with the surgical outcome and the quality of life in parallel with compensatory sweating after the procedure as reported by the patient and confirmed by the examiner. Moreover, the results were compared statistically. RESULTS No statistically significant difference was observed between the groups based on age (P = 0.56), gender (P = 0.81), duration of the surgery (P = 0.35) or postoperative satisfaction levels (P = 0.45). However, the incidence and degree of compensatory sweating were lower in the T3 group than the T3–T4 group at the 1-year follow-up (P = 0.008). CONCLUSIONS T3 sympathectomy was as effective as T3–T4 sympathectomy for the treatment of axillary hyperhidrosis based on the patients’ reported postoperative satisfaction, and the T3 group demonstrated lower compensatory sweating at the 1-year follow-up. PMID:23644731

  6. [Effect of T4 thoracoscopic sympathectomy on 
plantar hyperhidrosis in patients with 
primary palmoplantar hyperhidrosis].

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    Xiao, Peng; Liu, Aizhong; Liu, Wenliang

    2016-03-28

    To evaluate the effect of video-assisted thoracoscopic sympathectomy at the T4 level on plantar hyperhidrosis in the treatment of palmoplantar hyperhidrosis.
 The clinical data of 28 patients with primary palmoplantar hyperhidrosis, who were admited in our hospital from June 2009 to May 2014, was analyzed. All patients were qualified to bilateral thoracoscopic transaction of the sympathetic chain at the thoracic level T4. Patients completed a self-administered hyperhidrosis questionnaire and scoring before and after procedure. Follow-up data were obtained at 1 and 6 months after the surgery.
 Endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy at the thoracic level T4 was performed successfully for all cases. Palmar hyperhidrosis was completely alleviated after the operation and no recurrence was observed during follow-up. The ratio for initial improvement of plantar hyperhidrosis was 28.6% (8/28) at 1 month after the surgery followed by a recurrence of plantar hyperhidrosis. No case continued to show the improvement of palmoplantar hyperhidrosis at 6 months after the sympathectomy. Twenty-seven patients (96.4%) were very satisfied with the outcome of the operation, 1 patient (3.6%) satisfied and no patient regretted the surgical procedure.
 T4 thoracoscopic sympathectomy could initialliy alleviate plantar hyperhidrosis in some patients with palmoplantar hyperhidrosis, but the improvement was not sustained over a long period. It could not be used to treat plantar hyperhidrosis.

  7. Robotic versus human camera holding in video-assisted thoracic sympathectomy: a single blind randomized trial of efficacy and safety.

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    Martins Rua, Joaquim Fernando; Jatene, Fabio Biscegli; de Campos, José Ribas Milanez; Monteiro, Rosangela; Tedde, Miguel Lia; Samano, Marcos Naoyuki; Bernardo, Wanderley M; Das-Neves-Pereira, João Carlos

    2009-02-01

    Our objective is to compare surgical safety and efficacy between robotic and human camera control in video-assisted thoracic sympathectomy. A randomized-controlled-trial was performed. Surgical operation was VATS sympathectomy for hyperhidrosis. The trial compared a voice-controlled robot for holding the endoscopic camera robotic group (Ro) to human assisted group (Hu). Each group included 19 patients. Sympathectomy was achieved by electrodessication of the third ganglion. Operations were filmed and images stored. Two observers quantified the number of involuntary and inappropriate movements and how many times the camera was cleaned. Safety criteria were surgical accidents, pain and aesthetical results; efficacy criteria were: surgical and camera use duration, anhydrosis, length of hospitalization, compensatory hyperhidrosis and patient satisfaction. There was no difference between groups regarding surgical accidents, number of involuntary movements, pain, aesthetical results, general satisfaction, number of lens cleaning, anhydrosis, length of hospitalization, and compensatory hyperhidrosis. The number of contacts of the laparoscopic lens with mediastinal structures was lower in the Ro group (Probotic arm in VATS sympathectomy for hyperhidrosis is as safe but less efficient when compared to a human camera-holding assistant.

  8. Quality of life after endoscopic lumbar sympathectomy for primary plantar hyperhidrosis.

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    Rieger, Roman; Pedevilla, Sonja; Lausecker, Johannes

    2015-04-01

    Primary plantar hyperhidrosis is characterised by excessive secretion of the sweat glands of the feet and may lead to significant limitations in private and professional lifestyle. The aim of this prospective study was to assess the effect of endoscopic lumbar sympathectomy (ESL) on the quality of life (QL) of patients with primary plantar hyperhidrosis. Bilateral ESL was performed on 52 patients, 31 men and 21 women with primary plantar hyperhidrosis. Perioperative morbidity and clinical results were evaluated in all patients after a mean follow-up of 15 months. Postoperative QL was examined with the SF-36V2 questionnaire and the hyperhidrosis-specific questionnaires devised by Milanez de Campos and Keller. All procedures were carried out endoscopically with no perioperative morbidity. Plantar hyperhidrosis was eliminated in 50 patients (96%) and two patients (4%) suffered a relapse. Unwanted side effects occurred in the form of compensatory sweating in 34 (65%) and in the form of postsympathectomy neuralgia in 19 patients (37%). Ninety six percentage of patients were satisfied with the postoperative result and 88% would have the surgery repeated. The SF-36V2 questionnaire revealed a significant improvement of QL after lumbar sympathectomy in physical health (physical component summary, p hyperhidrosis (p hyperhidrosis leads to the effective elimination of excessive sweat secretion of the feet and to an increase in QL.

  9. [Total intravenous anesthesia with O2 mask in transthoracic endoscopic sympathectomy for palmar hyperhidrosis].

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    Lieou, F J; Wang, J J; Liu, M Y; Ho, S T

    1993-12-01

    Using non-invasive monitors (such as blood pressure, O2 saturation, end-tidal CO2 pressure monitors and electrocardiograms), the application of total intravenous anesthesia with O2 mask in transthoracic endoscopic sympathectomy was evaluated. A total of 198 palmar hyperhidrosis patients were studied. In the study, the durations of surgery were 5-15 min (mean 8 min) with anesthesia duration of 8-20 min (mean 12 min), respectively. The cardiovascular system was quite stable during operation, with systolic blood pressures of 90-165 mmHg (mean 132 mmHg), diastolic blood pressures of 50-106 mmHg (mean 92 mmHg) and heart rates of 56-130 beats/min (mean 104 beats/min). The respiratory function was maintained within a safety range with O2 saturation of 95-100% (mean 99%) and end-tidal CO2 pressure of 32-40 mmHg (mean 36 mmHg). After surgery, the major discomfort was chest pain (132/198), but this could be improved with intravenous analgesics. Patients' consciousness returned within 1-3 min. After ensuring their general condition was stable, patients were discharged within 24 hr. Preliminary study showed that total intravenous anesthesia plus muscle relaxant, with O2 mask and assisted ventilation, could serve as a safe and simple anesthesia for palmar hyperhidrosis patients who received transthoracic endoscopic sympathectomy.

  10. Efficacy of cervicothoracic sympathectomy versus conservative management in patients suffering from incapacitating raynaud,s syndrome after frost bite

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    Khan, M.I.; Rehman, A.; Tariq, M.; Sheen, S.N.

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    Raynaud's syndrome is a known complication of cold injuries. Stress, smoking and metabolic diseases may further aggravate the disease course. The purpose of this study was to determine the efficacy of Cervico-thoracic sympathectomy as compared to conservative management in severe Raynaud's syndrome after frostbite. This non-randomized controlled trial was conducted at Railway Hospital, Rawalpindi and Islamic International Medical Complex, Islamabad between January 1999 and June 2006. All patients sustained severe cold trauma in the mountain ridges of Himalayas in Kashmir. In all cases, an informed consent was obtained from patients and families. All operations performed were free of charges. Out of the total 48 patients who developed incapacitating Raynaud's syndrome of the upper limbs after frost bite, 17 patients underwent thoracic sympathectomy through anterior supraclavicular route. Remaining 31 patients were treated conservatively and were placed in the control group. Data was collected on pre-designed proforma and assessed using SPSS (version 11). Chi-square test was applied to assess the effectiveness of the two treatment modalities. All operated cases initially showed improvement in symptoms and incapacitation. Among sympathectomised patients, 11 patients became symptom free and 3 patients showed mild but improved symptoms. Two patients after initial transient improvement developed incapacitating symptoms requiring further treatment, one patient developed gangrene of distal phalanx nine month after sympathectomy requiring amputation of the finger. Frequency of attacks and duration between the attacks reduced in all operated patients of cervical sympathectomy (p<0.05) as compared to conservative management. Cervical sympathectomy is a very effective modality of treatment in patients having severe Raynaud's disease of upper limbs secondary to frost bite. (author)

  11. Lumbar sympathectomy reduces vascular permeability, possibly through decreased adenosine receptor A2a expression in the hind plantar skin of rats.

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    Zheng, Zhifang; Liu, Yishu; Zhu, Lulu; Tang, Jianbing; Huang, Wenhua; Cheng, Biao

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    The effect of lumbar sympathectomy for the treatment of lower limb ischemia remains a matter of controversy. Sprague-Dawley rats were subjected to lumbar sympathectomy, after which Evans blue dye was injected into the hind plantar skin. Extravasation of dye was measured and compared with rats undergoing sham operation. Hind plantar skin was processed for HE staining, immunohistochemistry, and Western blot. In sympathectomized rats, blue stained areas in hind plantar skin and concentrations of Evans blue were significantly less than that of sham sympathectomy (control) rats, both 2 weeks and 3 months after surgery. Expression of prostaglandin E2, bradykinin, bradykinin B2 receptor, and adenosine triphosphate were not significantly different between the sympathectomized and control groups. Adenosine receptor A2a expression was significantly reduced in the sympathectomized group both 2 weeks and 3 months after surgery. Vascular permeability in the hind plantar skin of rats decreases following lumbar sympathectomy, possibly via reduced expression of adenosine receptor A2a.

  12. Temporary sympathectomy in chronic refractory angina: a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial.

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    Denby, Christine; Groves, David G; Eleuteri, Antonio; Tsang, Hoo Kee; Leach, Austin; Hammond, Clare; Bridson, John D; Fisher, Michael; Elt, Matthew; Laflin, Robert; Fisher, Anthony C

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    Temporary sympathectomy by injection of bupivacaine at the site of the left stellate ganglion is used in the management of refractory angina at several UK centres. Although patients frequently report significant reduction in symptoms, efficacy has not been established by double-blind, randomised placebo-controlled trial (RCT). To investigate the efficacy of the procedure for the first time by a double-blind RCT. Consecutive patients referred to the authors' National Health Service (NHS) angina centre who were candidates for temporary sympathectomy were invited to participate in a trial. A total of 65 patients were randomised to receive either bupivacaine or saline injections. Identical syringes were prepared remotely, blinding patients and staff from randomisation. Cardiac autonomic function was measured 3 hours pre- and post-injection using new heart rate variability (HRV) analyses. Angina episodes were recorded contemporaneously by patients in study diaries in the 7-day periods pre- and post-injection. In 51 patients suitable for analysis, no significant differences between the active and placebo groups were found in patient-recorded frequency or intensity of angina episodes pre- and post-injection. However, across both groups combined, a significant difference was found in the frequency of angina episodes pre- and post-injection. The reduction in frequency of angina episodes produced by this procedure may not be due to drug pharmacology. It may be a placebo response or due to the mechanical effects of the injection of fluid. There is a need for further work using a larger patient cohort considering both mechanical and psychological factors.

  13. Patient Satisfaction after Thoracoscopic Sympathectomy for Palmar Hyperhidrosis: Do Method and Level Matter?

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    Cheng, Amy; Johnsen, Hege; Chang, Michael Y

    2015-01-01

    Context: Although surgery is widely recognized as the best treatment for palmar hyperhidrosis (PH), the decision to perform a sympathicotomy, sympathectomy, or clipping of the thoracic sympathetic chain is based on surgeon preference. Objective: We investigated the outcomes of patients who underwent surgical intervention for PH with regard to method used and level of sympathetic chain interrupted. Design: This was a retrospective medical chart review. Patients who underwent thoracoscopic intervention for PH were mailed questionnaires regarding their presenting and postoperative symptoms and satisfaction 6 months to 15 years after their procedure. Analyses were performed to investigate whether the surgical method applied affected these outcomes. Results: A total of 635 patients underwent bilateral thoracoscopic procedures for PH between April 1995 and February 2010, and 210 (33%) responded to the questionnaires. Sixteen surgeons performed 108 sympathicotomies, 83 sympathectomies, and 19 ligations with titanium clips for PH. Mean follow-up was 5.5 years. Overall palmar success was 85.4% and was not affected by the surgical method. The rate of compensatory hyperhidrosis was significantly lower if the operative level did not include the R2 ganglion (66.7% vs 80.6%, p = 0.028). Nevertheless, 76.2% of patients were satisfied with the results, and 85.7% would repeat the procedure if given the option to do it again. Conclusion: Most patients reported relief of their PH and were satisfied with surgical intervention, regardless of method used. Although postoperative compensatory hyperhidrosis was common, this did not appear to affect overall patient satisfaction. The inclusion of rib level 2 ganglion resulted in a significantly increased incidence of compensatory hyperhidrosis. PMID:26517433

  14. Bezold-Jarisch reflex in a patient undergoing endoscopic sympathectomy for management of refractory angina pectoris: a case report

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    Abstract Background and objectives Ischemic cardiomyopathy is characterized by imbalance between supply and demand of myocardial oxygen. Endoscopic transthoracic sympathectomy is a therapeutic option indicated in refractory cases. However, the patient's position on the operating table may favor ischemic coronary events triggering the Bezold-Jarisch reflex. Case report A female patient, 47 years old, with refractory ischemic cardiomyopathy, admitted to the operating room for endoscopic trans...

  15. Thoracoscopic sympathectomy of T2 and T3 ganglions for palmar hyperhydrosis

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    2008-05-01

    Full Text Available Background: Hyperhydrosis, excessive sweating, can profoundly affect the quality of life of the patient, with severe impairment of daily activities, social relationships and occupational activities. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the outcome of thoracoscopic sympathectomy in patients with palmar hyperhydrosis.Methods: In a clinical trial at Imam Khomeini, Milad and Velenjak Hospitals from 2003 to 2006, 33 patients older than five years of age with palmar hyperhydrosis underwent thoracoscopic sympathectomy of T2 and T3 ganglions. The variables regarding operation duration, length of hospital stay and early post-op complications were recorded. In addition, the quality of life of the patients was evaluated using the DLQI questionnaire, while the satisfaction of the patients was evaluated using the visual analogue scale before, immediately after and six months after the operation.Results: The mean age of the patients was 23 years and 63.6% of our patients were female. The sites of hyperhydrosis were hand, foot and armpit in 72.7% of the patients. In 90.91% of the cases, disease onset occurred during childhood and 78.79% of the patients had a family history of hyperhydrosis. Hyperhydrosis impaired function and had social, interpersonal and emotional effects in 72.7% of the cases. The mean duration of the operation was 40.3 minutes and the mean hospital stay was 1.45 days. The most common early post-op complications were atelectasis (7.57%, short-term pulmonary complications (3.03% and pleural effusion (3.03%. Compensatory hyperhydrosis occurred in 60% of the cases, while 18.75% experienced gustatory sweating. Palms were reported to be totally dry immediately after and six months after the operation in 81.82% of the cases, while 18.18% reported acceptable levels of perspiration. The mean level of satisfaction immediately after and six months after the procedure was 0.81. All patients felt improvement in all aspects of their lives

  16. Localized Sympathectomy Reduces Mechanical Hypersensitivity by Restoring Normal Immune Homeostasis in Rat Models of Inflammatory Pain.

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    Xie, Wenrui; Chen, Sisi; Strong, Judith A; Li, Ai-Ling; Lewkowich, Ian P; Zhang, Jun-Ming

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    Some forms of chronic pain are maintained or enhanced by activity in the sympathetic nervous system (SNS), but attempts to model this have yielded conflicting findings. The SNS has both pro- and anti-inflammatory effects on immunity, confounding the interpretation of experiments using global sympathectomy methods. We performed a "microsympathectomy" by cutting the ipsilateral gray rami where they entered the spinal nerves near the L4 and L5 DRG. This led to profound sustained reductions in pain behaviors induced by local DRG inflammation (a rat model of low back pain) and by a peripheral paw inflammation model. Effects of microsympathectomy were evident within one day, making it unlikely that blocking sympathetic sprouting in the local DRGs or hindpaw was the sole mechanism. Prior microsympathectomy greatly reduced hyperexcitability of sensory neurons induced by local DRG inflammation observed 4 d later. Microsympathectomy reduced local inflammation and macrophage density in the affected tissues (as indicated by paw swelling and histochemical staining). Cytokine profiling in locally inflamed DRG showed increases in pro-inflammatory Type 1 cytokines and decreases in the Type 2 cytokines present at baseline, changes that were mitigated by microsympathectomy. Microsympathectomy was also effective in reducing established pain behaviors in the local DRG inflammation model. We conclude that the effect of sympathetic fibers in the L4/L5 gray rami in these models is pro-inflammatory. This raises the possibility that therapeutic interventions targeting gray rami might be useful in some chronic inflammatory pain conditions. Sympathetic blockade is used for many pain conditions, but preclinical studies show both pro- and anti-nociceptive effects. The sympathetic nervous system also has both pro- and anti-inflammatory effects on immune tissues and cells. We examined effects of a very localized sympathectomy. By cutting the gray rami to the spinal nerves near the lumbar sensory

  17. CT-Guided Lumbar Sympathectomy: Results and Analysis of Factors Influencing the Outcome

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    Heindel, Walter; Ernst, Stefan; Manshausen, Gudrun; Gawenda, Michael; Siemens, Peter; Krahe, Thomas; Walter, Michael; Lackner, Klaus

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    Purpose: To prospectively analyze the effectiveness of computed tomography-guided percutaneous lumbar sympathectomy (CTLS) in patients with peripheral arterial occlusive disease in relation to angiographic findings and vascular risk factors. Methods: Eighty-three patients were treated by CTLS. After clinical evaluation of the risk profile and diagnostic intraarterial digital subtraction arteriography, 14 patients underwent unilateral, and 69 bilateral one-level treatment. Follow-up studies took place on the day following the intervention, after 3 weeks, and after 3 months. Results: A total of 152 interventions were performed in 83 patients. After 3 months, clinical examination of 54 patients (5 patients had died, 24 were lost to follow-up) revealed improvement in 46% (25/54), no change in 39% (21/54), and worsening (amputation) in 15% (8/54). There was no significant statistical correlation among any of the analyzed factors (diabetes mellitus, arterial hypertension, smoking, hyperlipidemia, obesity, hyperuricemia, number of risk factors, ankle-arm index, and angiography score) and the outcome after CTLS. Three major complications occurred: one diabetic patient developed a retroperitoneal abscess 2 weeks after CTLS, and in two other patients ureteral strictures were detected 3 months and 2 years after CTLS, respectively. Conclusion: As no predictive criteria for clinical improvement in an individual patient could be identified, CTLS, as a safe procedure, should be employed on a large scale in patients who are unsuitable for treatment by angioplasty or revascularization

  18. A Prospective Cohort Study on Quality of Life after Endoscopic Thoracic Sympathectomy for Primary Hyperhidrosis.

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    Dharmaraj, B; Kosai, N R; Gendeh, H; Ramzisham, A R; Das, S

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    Hyperhidrosis is an excessive sweating disorder affecting quality of life. Endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy (ETS), introduced by Kux in 1951, is currently the gold standard surgical treatment for primary hyperhidrosis. 75% of patients with primary hyperhidrosis have seen improvement in quality of life within 30 days after surgery. Compensatory hyperhidrosis and pneumothorax (up to 75%) have been reported in patients after surgery. This study evaluates the functional status, self- esteem, compensatory hyperhidrosis and quality of life among patient with primary hyperhidrosis before and after undergoing ETS. Fifty (n=50) patients between the ages 18 to 30, with primary hyperhidrosis were recruited. Patients answered the quality of life questionnaire and Rosenberg self-esteem questionnaire prior to surgery and 30 days post surgery on follow up. Any post-operative complications were documented. Telephone interviews were held for patients who were unable to attend the clinics for follow-up. Forty six patients (92%) had symptomatic relieve within 30 days of surgery. The incidence of compensatory sweating was 78% (39 patients), with 6 patients developing severe hyperhidrosis. Two patients who did not experience symptomatic relieve, developed compensatory hyperhidrosis. Pneumothorax was documented in 8 patients (16%), with 6 patients requiring chest tubes. Significant improvement in quality of life and self-esteem was seen among patients after surgery. ETS has shown to significantly improve the quality of life and self-esteem of patients with primary hyperhidrosis within 30 days of surgery. However, the rate of compensatory hyperhidrosis still remains high (78%) which requires a long term evaluation.

  19. Role and rationale for extended periarterial sympathectomy in the management of severe Raynaud syndrome: techniques and results.

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    Merritt, Wyndell H

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    There is no consensus regarding etiology or best surgical technique for severe Raynaud syndrome in patients with connective tissue disease. Observations after 30 years' experience in more than 100 cases led to the conclusion that an extended periarterial sympathectomy (with or without vein-graft reconstruction) and adjunctive use of Botox topically will offer benefits that exceed palliation and reduce recurrent ulcerations. In this article the rationale for this approach is reviewed, techniques and results are outlined, and a hypothesis for the mechanism of Raynaud attacks is offered. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  20. Bilateral single-port thoracoscopic sympathectomy with the VasoView (R) device in the treatment of palmar and axillary hyperhidrosis

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    Bouma, Wobbe; Klinkenberg, Theo J.; Mariani, Massimo A.

    Primary or essential hyperhidrosis is a disorder characterized by excessive sweating beyond physiological needs. It is a common disease (with an incidence of up to 2.8%) that causes intense discomfort for patients. Video-assisted thoracoscopic bilateral sympathectomy is an effective surgical

  1. LOW-FREQUENCY LOW INTENSITY MAGNETIC FIELD (50 Hz; 2,7 mT INFLUENCES ON HEMATOLOGICAL PARAMETERS FOLLOWING CHEMICAL SYMPATHECTOMY IN WISTAR RATS

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    hydroxydopamine infusion with 25 mg/kg i.p. desipramine (Sigma to protect noradrenergic projections. 12 days after the operation, the hematological parameters (the total number of erythrocytes, hematocrit and hemoglobin level were evaluated. The sympathectomy-induced severe reduction in hematological parameters under low-frequency low intensity magnetic field exposure.

  2. Expanded level of sympathetic chain removal does not increase the incidence or severity of compensatory hyperhidrosis after endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy.

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    Gunn, Tyler M; Davis, Diane M; Speicher, James E; Rossi, Nicholas P; Parekh, Kalpaj R; Lynch, William R; Iannettoni, Mark D

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    Compensatory hyperhidrosis is a common devastating adverse effect after endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy for patients undergoing surgical treatment of primary hyperhidrosis. We sought to determine whether a correlation existed in our patient population between the level and extent of sympathetic chain resection and the subsequent development of compensatory hyperhidrosis. All patients undergoing endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy in the T2-T3, T2-T4, T2-T5, or T2-T6 levels for palmar or axillary hyperhidrosis at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics (n = 97) from January 2004 to January 2013 were retrospectively reviewed. Differences in the preoperative patient characteristics were not statistically significant among the patients receiving T2-T3, T2-T4, T2-T5, or T2-T6 level resections. Of the 97 included patients, 28 (29%) experienced transient compensatory hyperhidrosis and 4 (4%) complained of severe compensatory hyperhidrosis and required additional treatment. No operative mortalities occurred, and the morbidity was similar among the groups. Most patients had successful outcomes after undergoing extensive resection without changes in the incidence of compensatory hyperhidrosis. Therefore, we recommend performing complete and adequate resection for relief of symptoms in patients with primary hyperhidrosis. Copyright © 2014 The American Association for Thoracic Surgery. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  3. Sustained Benefit Lasting One Year from T4 Instead of T3-T4 Sympathectomy for Isolated Axillary Hyperhidrosis

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    Munia, Marco Antonio S.; Wolosker, Nelson; Kaufmann, Paulo; de Campos, José Ribas Milanes; Puech-Leão, Pedro

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    INTRODUCTION Level T4 video-assisted thoracoscopic sympathectomy proved superior to T3-T4 treatment for controlling axillary hyperhidrosis at the initial and six-month follow-ups of these patients. OBJECTIVE To compare the results of two levels of sympathectomy (T3-T4 vs. T4) for treating axillary sudoresis over one year of follow-up. METHODS Sixty-four patients with axillary hyperhidrosis were randomized to denervation of T3-T4 or T4 alone and followed prospectively. All patients were examined preoperatively and were followed postoperatively for one year. Axillary hyperhidrosis treatment was evaluated, along with the presence, location, and severity of compensatory hyperhidrosis and self-reported quality of life. RESULTS According to patient reports after one year, all cases of axillary hyperhidrosis were successfully treated by surgery. There were no instances of treatment failure. After six months, compensatory hyperhidrosis was present in 27 patients of the T3-T4 group (87.1%) and in 16 patients of the T4 group (48.5%). After one year, all T3-T4 patients experienced some degree of compensatory hyperhidrosis, compared to only 14 patients in the T4 group (42.4%). In addition, compensatory hyperhidrosis was less severe in the T4 patients (p hyperhidrosis, but the T4 group showed milder compensatory hyperhidrosis and greater patient satisfaction at the one-year follow-up. PMID:19060999

  4. Expanded Level of Sympathetic Chain Removal Does Not Increase Incidence or Severity of Compensatory Hyperhidrosis Following Endoscopic Thoracic Sympathectomy

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    Gunn, Tyler M.; Davis, Diane M.; Speicher, James E.; Rossi, Nicholas P.; Parekh, Kalpaj R.; Lynch, William R.; Iannettoni, Mark D.

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    Objective Compensatory hyperhidrosis is a common devastating adverse effect following endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy for patients undergoing surgical treatment of primary hyperhidrosis. We sought to determine if there was a correlation in our patient population between the level and extent of sympathetic chain resection and the subsequent development of compensatory hyperhidrosis. Methods All patients undergoing endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy in the T2-3, T2-4, T2-5, or T2-6 levels for palmar or axillary hyperhidrosis at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics (n=97) between January 2004 and January 2013 were retrospectively reviewed. Results Differences in preoperative patient characteristics were not statistically significant between patients receiving either T2-3, T2-4, T2-5, or T2-6 level resections. Of the ninety-seven patients included in this study, twenty-eight patients (29%) experienced transient compensatory hyperhidrosis and four patients (4%) complained of severe compensatory hyperhidrosis and required further treatment. There were no operative mortalities and morbidity was similar amongst the groups. Conclusions Most patients had successful outcomes after undergoing extensive resection without change in incidence of compensatory hyperhidrosis. Therefore, we recommend performing a complete and adequate resection for relief of symptoms in patients with primary hyperhidrosis. PMID:25131173

  5. Lumbar sympathectomy under CT guidance: therapeutic option in critical limb ischaemia; la simpaticolisi TC guidata: alternativa terapeutica delle ischemie critiche

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    Pieri, Stefano; Agresti, Paolo [Az. Osp. S. Camillo-Forlanini, Roma (Italy). U.O. di radiologia vascolare ed interventistica; Ialongo, Pasquale; Fedeli, Stefano [Radiologia diagnostica Busi, Roma (Italy); Di Cesare, Fabio; Ricci, Guiseppe [Az. Osp. S. Camillo-Forlanini, Roma (Italy). Chirurgia vascolare

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    Purpose: Lumbar sympathectomy is a complementary therapeutic option for patients with severe peripheral vascular occlusive disease presenting rest pain or gangrene and not eligible for surgical revascularisation. Traditional surgical sympathectomy was widely used in the past. However, due to its invasive character, it has increasingly been replaced by percutaneous techniques and, in some recent cases, by laparoscopic procedures. Percutaneous lumbar sympathectomy is a safe, cost-effective and widely available treatment option. We report our experience on 19 patients subjected to percutaneous sympathectomy under CT guidance. Materials and methods: Between 1998 and 2000, 19 patients underwent percutaneous sympathectomy under CT guidance. All patients had severe vascular disease of the lower extremities (Fontaine stage IV), with rest pain and gangrene. They were not eligible for surgical revascularization. Phenol was injected at the level of L2 and L4 using two 22 G needles (15 cm long). Signs of interrupted sympathetic activity usually occur 2'-15' after the procedure with warmth and flushing and dryness of the lower extremities. Results: Percutaneous sympathectomy under CT guidance is a simple, safe and well-tolerated procedure with a low rate of complications. Of the 19 patients, 9 (47.3%) showed clinical improvement, whereas 5 experienced a worsening of ischaemia in the month immediately following the procedure. Discussion: Results suggest that percutaneous lumbar sympathectomy causes a sympathetic blockade in patients with advanced vascular disease of the limb. CT guidance ensures a high level of precision in drug dosing, thus lowering the risk of complications. Although the results are demoralizing. the impossibility of achieving surgical revascularisation in advanced peripheral arteriosclerosis enhances the role of Ct-guided percutaneous sympathectomy in relieving rest pain and healing ulcers in order to postpone the amputation. [Italian] Scopo: La

  6. Side effects, complications and outcome of thoracoscopic sympathectomy for palmar and axillary hyperhidrosis in 406 patients.

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    Rodríguez, Pedro M; Freixinet, Jorge L; Hussein, Mohamed; Valencia, Jose M; Gil, Rita M; Herrero, Jorge; Caballero-Hidalgo, Araceli

    2008-09-01

    Thoracic sympathectomy (TS) is the treatment of choice for severe primary hyperhidrosis. However, complications, side effects and satisfaction have not been well defined. To analyze the complications, side effects, satisfaction degree and quality of life of patients after TS for primary upper limb hyperhidrosis. One-year follow-up after 406 consecutive TS for primary upper limb hyperhidrosis. Bilateral TS was completed in all patients. Complications arose in 23 cases (5.6%), with pneumothorax being the most frequent. The success rate after discharge, 6 and 12 months was respectively, 100%, 98.1% and 96.5% for palmo-axillary hyperhidrosis; 100%, 99.3% and 97.8% for isolated palmar hyperhidrosis and 100%, 85.7% and 71.4% for isolated axillary hyperhidrosis. No persistence of hyperhidrosis was observed. Global recurrence was 3.7% (28.5% axillary hyperhidrosis group). Compensatory sweating (CS) appeared in 55% and was not related to the extension of the TS. Being female was a predisposing factor of CS (p<0.004). Excessive dryness appeared at 9% and was associated with extensive TS (P<0.001). Plantar hyperhidrosis improved at 33.6%, worsened at 10% and remained stable during the follow-up. Satisfaction degree decreased with the passage of time and was associated with recurrence. Quality of life was excellent at discharge, 6 and 12 month in 100%, 100% and 97%, respectively. Pneumothorax is the most frequent complication of TS. CS is the main and undesirable side effect, appears with the passage of time, and is not related to the extension of TS. Being female is the only predictor factor of suffering CS. Plantar hyperhidrosis improves initially, although tends to reappear. Excessive dryness appears in extensive TS and does not improve over time. Postoperative satisfaction degree is high but decreases over time owing to the appearance of recurrence. Effectiveness and the absence of CS determine an excellent quality of life. Six percent of the patients regret the surgery

  7. Unilateral sequential endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy for palmar hyperhidrosis: a proposed technique to overcome compensatory hyperhidrosis and improve plantar hyperhidrosis.

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    Youssef, Tamer; Soliman, Mosaad

    2015-05-01

    Although endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy (ETS) offers permanent cure of palmar hyperhidrosis (PH), compensatory hyperhidrosis (CH) often complicates the procedure. We analyzed the outcomes of a 2-month interval for unilateral sequential ETS (S-ETS) in comparison with simultaneous bilateral ETS (B-ETS), notably regarding CH and associated plantar hyperhidrosis, in treating patients with PH. Four hundred seven patients with intractable PH were randomly assigned into two groups: the B-ETS group (204 patients) and the S-ETS group (203 patients). Three hundred sixty-four patients completed the study. Complication rates were comparable for both groups. No patient died perioperatively, and no conversion was necessary. Treatment success on follow-up was 97.2% for S-ETS and 96.7% for B-ETS. The incidence of CH was decreased substantially from 131 (71.1%) patients in the B-ETS group to 22 (12.2%) patients in the S-ETS group (Phyperhidrosis.

  8. Comparative analysis of lower extremities tissue perfusion by the use of perfusion scintigraphy method after hyperbaric oxygenation and lumbar sympathectomy

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    Full Text Available Background/Aim. Lumbar syphatectomy (LS increases pheripheral blood flow primarily by the arteriolar vasodilatation within the skin vascular net. Increase in tissue nutrition takes place only in the distal blood vessels of the skin. Nevertheless, in some patients sympathectomy brings about improvement in ischemic ulcerations healing. Hyperbaric oxigenation (HBO is a medical treatment in which a patient breathes 100% oxygen under pressure higher than atmospheric implemented in special units allowing the whole body be in a chamber. The aim of the study was to determine efficacy of the applied therapies for the treatment of inoperable occlusive lower extremities (LE arteries diseases according to the obtained results. Methods. The study included 30 patients divided into two groups (15 patients each in which stenosis level of the lower extremities arteries had been determined using aortography due to further treatment with HBO and LS. All the patients were clinically examined, their objective condition evaluation based on claudication distance, pain in rest, skin and skin adnexa atrophy, and temperature and LE functionality, as well as exposed to perfusion scintigraphy prior to the treatment and within 30 days after the treatment finishing. Results. Analyzing patients' status prior to and after the treatments applied the number of patients with obvious improvement was higher in those treated by HBO than those treated by LS. Measuring claudication distance revealed significantly greater changes in patients treated by HBO (from 178.57 m to 754.76 m than in those treated by LS (from 229 m to 253 m. Other clinical symptoms, such as parasthesia, status of the skin adnexes (hair, nails, skin colour and temperature were also improved after the treatment by HBO. Conclusion. The results obatined in this study confirm the advantages of HBO over LS in therapy of inoperable occlusive LE disease, so LS could be definitely abandoned as a choice for treating such

  9. Influence of Body Mass Index on Compensatory Sweating in Patients after Thoracic Sympathectomy due to Palmar Hyperhidrosis.

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    Dobosz, Lukasz; Cwalina, Natalia; Stefaniak, Tomasz

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    Background  Thoracic sympathectomy (TS) is one of the most effective methods of treatment of primary hyperhidrosis. One of the side effects of this procedure is compensatory sweating (CS). Objective  The aim of our study was to evaluate the influence of body mass index (BMI) on CS in patients after TS due to palmar hyperhidrosis. Methods  Data from 157 patients with palmar hyperhidrosis who underwent TS were collected. The patients were subsequently divided in two groups according to their initial BMI: group A, BMI hyperhidrosis were taken from the patients' bodies prior to surgery, as well as 3 and 12 months after TS. Results  Average palmar hyperhidrosis levels before the surgery did not differ significantly between the two groups (238.65 vs. 190.15; p  = 0.053). A statistically significant decrease in palmar hyperhidrosis was noted in both groups, both 3 and 12 months after surgery (238.65 vs. 11.86 vs. 13.5; p  < 0.05, and 190.15 vs. 16.67 vs. 11.81; p  < 0.05, respectively). The intensity of sweating over the abdomino-lumbar area differed significantly between the groups before the surgery, both in subjective (1.71 vs. 3.61; p  < 0.05) and objective (13.57 vs. 35.95; p  < 0.05) evaluations. Three months after surgical intervention, an intensification of CS was observed in both the groups; however, no statistically significant differences were observed between the two sets of patients (VAS: 4.58 vs. 5.16; p  = 0.38; gravimetry: 33.87 vs. 53.89; p  = 0.12). Twelve months after TS, CS was higher in the group with an initial BMI ≥ 25 kg/m 2 , both in subjective and objective evaluations (3.23 vs. 4.94; p  = 0.03 and 18.08 vs. 80.21; p  = 0.026, respectively). Conclusion  Patients with a BMI ≥ 25 kg/m 2 experience more severe CS after TS, both in subjective and objective evaluations. Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New York.

  10. Relationship between anxiety, depression and quality of life with the intensity of reflex sweating after thoracoscopic sympathectomy for treatment of primary hyperhidrosis.

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    Dias, Luciara Irene DE Nadai; Miranda, Eliana Cristina Martins; Toro, Ivan Felizardo Contrera; Mussi, Ricardo Kalaf

    2016-01-01

    to compare the intensity of reflex sweating with the degree of anxiety and its interference in the quality of life of patients undergoing Thoracoscopic (VATS) sympathectomy in the pre- and postoperative period. we evaluated 54 patients with a mean age of 26 years (16-49 years) undergoing sympathectomy in the R3-R4 level. We applied two questionnaires at three different times: "Quality of life in patients with primary hyperhidrosis" and "Scale for anxiety and depression". of the patients studied, 93% showed significant improvement in quality of life 30 days after surgery, the effects remaining after six months. There were no postoperative complications. The patient's level of anxiety is highly correlated with the intensity of reflex sweating after 30 and 180 days. Thoracoscopic sympathectomy improves quality of life of patients with primary hyperhidrosis, even with the emergence of reflex sweating. Anxiety directly relates to the intensity of reflex sweating, without compromising the degree of patient satisfaction. avaliar a intensidade de sudorese reflexa com o grau de ansiedade e sua interferência na qualidade de vida de indivíduos submetidos à simpatectomia por videotoracoscopia nos períodos pré e pós-operatório. foram avaliados 54 pacientes com média de idade de 26 anos (16 a 49 anos), submetidos à simpatectomia em nível R3-R4. Dois questionários foram aplicados em três momentos diferentes: "Qualidade de vida em pacientes com hiperidrose primária e "Escala para ansiedade e depressão". dos pacientes estudados, 93% mostrou melhora significativa na qualidade de vida após 30 dias da cirurgia, com os efeitos remanescentes após seis meses. Não houve complicações pós-operatórias. A análise mostrou que o nível de ansiedade do paciente é altamente correlacionado com a intensidade da sudorese reflexa após 30 e 180 dias. a simpatectomia torácica por videotoracoscopia melhora a qualidade de vida de pacientes com hiperidrose primária, mesmo com o

  11. Percutaneous upper thoracic radiofrequency sympathectomy in Raynaud phenomenon: a comparison of T2/T3 procedure versus T2 lesion with phenol application.

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    Gabrhelik, Tomas; Michalek, Pavel; Adamus, Milan; Berta, Emil

    2009-01-01

    Percutaneous radiofrequency (RF) thoracic sympathectomy is an alternative method to surgical procedures for the treatment of acral ischemia in Raynaud phenomenon. The procedure is indicated if conservative therapy fails to provide sufficient relief. The aim of this study was to compare classic T2 and T3 RF thermolesioning with a less invasive procedure at the level of T2 only. Fifty adult patients, American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) classification I to III, were randomly assigned to 1 of 2 groups. T2 and T3 thoracic RF thermolesion was performed in 1 group, whereas T2 thermolesion with local application of 0.5 mL of 6% phenol was delivered in the second group. Changes in cold perception, pain, and quality of life were assessed using a questionnaire. Blood circulation in the upper extremity was evaluated using infrared thermography. Patients were observed for a period of 3 months. A significant decrease in pain according to visual analog scale (P Raynaud phenomenon. A single-shot procedure at the level of T2 may be preferable because of the shorter procedure duration of this technique.

  12. Experience with botulinum toxin therapy for axillary hyperhidrosis and comparison to modelled data for endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy - A quality of life and cost effectiveness analysis.

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    Gibbons, John P; Nugent, Emmeline; O'Donohoe, Nollaig; Maher, Barry; Egan, Bridget; Feeley, Martin; Tierney, Sean

    2016-10-01

    To estimate cost-effectiveness of botulinum toxin therapy for axillary hyperhidrosis compared to the standard surgical intervention of endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy (ETS). The validated dermatology life quality index questionnaire was given to patients attending for treatment over a 4 month period, to assess their quality of life (QoL) over the preceding week (n = 44). Follow-up was performed 4-6 weeks later by telephone using the same questionnaire to validate the effectiveness of the treatment. The duration of effect of the botulinum toxin treatment was also recorded and this data was used as the basis for cost effectiveness analysis. Using HIPE data, the baseline cost for single intervention using botulinum toxin and ETS was retrieved. Using figures provided by HIPE and expert opinion of the costs of complications, a stochastic model for 10,000 patients was used to evaluate the total costs for ETS including the complications. The results from the QoL analysis show that botulinum toxin therapy is a successful therapy for improvement of symptoms. It was revealed that the mean interval before recurrence of original symptoms after botulinum toxin therapy was 5.6 months. The baseline cost for both treatments are €389 for botulinum toxin and €9389 for uncomplicated ETS. The stochastic model yields a mean cost of €11,390 for ETS including complications. Treatments reached cost equivalence after 13.3 years. However, given the efficacy of the botulinum toxin therapy and the low risk we propose that botulinum toxin therapy for hyperhidrosis should be considered the gold standard. Copyright © 2015 Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (Scottish charity number SC005317) and Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  13. Effects of chemical sympathectomy on the increases in plasma catecholamines and dopamine-beta-hydroxylase induced by forced immobilization and insulin-induced hypoglycemia: origin and fate of plasma dopamine-beta-hydroxylase.

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    Israel, A S; Barbella, Y R; Cubeddu, L X

    1982-06-01

    The effect of acute stresses on plasma norepinephrine, epinephrine and dopamine-beta-hydroxylase (DBH) were evaluated in control and 6-hydroxydopamine-treated, awake cannulated guinea pigs. Forced immobolization for 1 hr caused a 3- and 5-fold increase in plasma DBH and norepinephrine, respectively. Pretreatment with 6-hydroxydopamine (23 mg/kg b.wt.i.a., 72 and 48 hr before stress) reduced by 70% the increase in plasma DBH and totally prevented the rise in plasma catecholamines evoked by the restraining stress. Injection of insulin (5 U/kg b.wt.i.a.) induced a 60% decrease in blood glucose, a 1-fold increase in plasma DBH and a selective 4-fold increase in plasma epinephrine; these effects were not modified by chemical sympathectomy. Our results indicate that forced immobilization and hypoglycemia produce a preferential activation of the sympathetic postganglionic nerves and of the adrenal medulla, respectively, and that in guinea pigs both stresses increase plasma DBH. The kinetics of disappearance of plasma DBH were studied after subjecting the guinea pigs for 1 hr to forced immobilization. Although 7 of 12 animals showed a biphasic rate of fall of plasma DBH, in each case there was a rapid initial fall possibly due to the "distribution" of the enzyme with a T1/2 of 1.65 hr. Similar findings were observed in 6-hydroxydopamine-treated guinea pigs. These results suggest that the distribution of DBH is the most important process in reducing the augmented plasma DBH levels elicited by a short-term stress and that this process is not dependent on the integrity of the sympathetic nerves nor on the adrenal or sympathetic origin of the enzyme. This study supports the view that the ratio, content of releasable DBH present in sympathetic nerves and adrenal glands/total circulating pool of DBH, is the factor that determines whether an increase in plasma DBH would occur in animals exposed to an acute stress.

  14. Percutaneous radiofrequency thermal lumbar sympathectomy and its clinical use

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    textabstractPercutaneous radiofrequency thermolesion techniques are commonly used in the treatment of chronic pain in different pain syndromes. There are many reports describing techniques of percutaneous radiofrequency thermolesion for denervation of central & spinal nerves (Mullan 1963), 1965,

  15. Guanethidine-induced sympathectomy in the nude rat

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    Juul, A; Juul, P; Christensen, H B

    1989-01-01

    Guanethidine sulphate 40 mg/kg was administered intraperitoneally daily for 14 days to normal Lewis rats and athymic nude rats of a Lewis background (rnu/rnu). Histological examination of the superior cervical ganglia demonstrated a pronounced chromatolysis of the neurones and a loss of the major...... part of the nerve cells accompanied by an increased number of small mononuclear inflammatory cells. The extent of chromatolysis and nerve cell death induced by guanethidine did not differ between normal and nude rats, whereas the increase of the number of mononuclear cells was lower in the nude rats...... than in the normal rats (163 and 268 per cent respectively of the saline treated controls, P less than 0.01). Since guanethidine induced nerve cell death in the T-cell deficient nude rat to the same extent as in normal rats, it is concluded, that the effect is caused by either a thymus...

  16. "Shiatsu sympathectomy": ICA dissection associated with a shiatsu massager.

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    Elliott, Michael A; Taylor, Lynne P

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    Carotid dissection is a well-described complication of head and neck trauma. Two cases of carotid dissection that occurred after use of shiatsu-type massagers are described. This potential cause should be considered when evaluating patients with idiopathic carotid dissection.

  17. Effect of immunosuppressive agents on the guanethidine-induced sympathectomy in athymic and euthymic rats

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    Hougen, H P; Thygesen, P; Christensen, H B

    1992-01-01

    Guanethidine sulphate causes destruction of peripheral sympathetic neurons and infiltration of mononuclear inflammatory cells in the sympathetic ganglia of both athymic nude (rnu/rnu) and euthymic LEW/Mol rats. The effect of guanethidine is believed to be an autoimmune reaction. To determine the ...

  18. Effect of immunosuppressive agents on the guanethidine-induced sympathectomy in athymic and euthymic rats

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    Hougen, H P; Thygesen, P; Christensen, H B

    1992-01-01

    Guanethidine sulphate causes destruction of peripheral sympathetic neurons and infiltration of mononuclear inflammatory cells in the sympathetic ganglia of both athymic nude (rnu/rnu) and euthymic LEW/Mol rats. The effect of guanethidine is believed to be an autoimmune reaction. To determine...

  19. Athymic experimental animals in pharmaco-immonological research

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    Juul, P.; Christensen, H.B.; Hougen, Hans Petter

    1992-01-01

    Nude mice, nude rats, streptozotocin, diabetes mellitus, guanethidine, sympathectomy, toxicology......Nude mice, nude rats, streptozotocin, diabetes mellitus, guanethidine, sympathectomy, toxicology...

  20. Postvagotomy acid secretion and mucosal blood flow during beta-adrenoceptor stimulation and universal chemical sympathectomy in dogs

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    Hovendal, C P

    1983-01-01

    The aim of the present study was to examine the effect of beta-adrenoceptor stimulation, alpha blockade, and elimination of the adrenergic nerve function on mucosal blood flow and acid secretion in parietal-cell-vagotomized (PCV) gastric fistula dogs. Isoprenaline inhibited pentagastrin-stimulate......The aim of the present study was to examine the effect of beta-adrenoceptor stimulation, alpha blockade, and elimination of the adrenergic nerve function on mucosal blood flow and acid secretion in parietal-cell-vagotomized (PCV) gastric fistula dogs. Isoprenaline inhibited pentagastrin...

  1. Identification of the mononuclear cell infiltrate in the superior cervical ganglion of athymic nude and euthymic rats after guanethidine-induced sympathectomy

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    Thygesen, P; Hougen, H P; Christensen, H B

    1990-01-01

    Guanethidine sulphate 40 mg/kg intraperitoneally for 14 days induced chromatolysis and nerve cell death in the superior cervical ganglia of athymic nude (rnu/rnu) LEW/Mol rats and their euthymic (+/rnu) LEW/Mol heterozygous littermates. Histologically the sympathetic ganglia were dominated...... rats. The number of NK-cells and monocytes/macrophages increased in both athymic and euthymic rats. The conclusion is, that guanethidine exerts a direct effect on sympathetic ganglion cells followed by a thymus-independent immune response....

  2. Identification of the mononuclear cell infiltrate in the superior cervical ganglion of athymic nude and euthymic rats after guanethidine-induced sympathectomy

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    Thygesen, P; Hougen, H P; Christensen, H B

    1990-01-01

    Guanethidine sulphate 40 mg/kg intraperitoneally for 14 days induced chromatolysis and nerve cell death in the superior cervical ganglia of athymic nude (rnu/rnu) LEW/Mol rats and their euthymic (+/rnu) LEW/Mol heterozygous littermates. Histologically the sympathetic ganglia were dominated...

  3. Prediction of compensatory hyperhidrosis with botulinum toxin A and local anesthetic.

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    Jeong, Jin Yong; Park, Soo Seog; Sim, Sung Bo; Jo, Keon Hyon; Lee, Jongho; Oh, Saecheol; Shin, Jae Seong

    2015-08-01

    Compensatory hyperhidrosis (CH) is one of the most problematic complications of sympathectomy, which occurs often and is hard to treat. A predictive procedure (PP) for CH can help patients experience compensatory sweating before sympathectomy to determine whether or not to perform sympathectomy. Our study aimed to evaluate the CH after the PP and sympathectomy in patients with primary palmar hyperhidrosis using multiple drugs. We reviewed 83 patients who underwent a PP between July 2009 and August 2013 with primary palmar hyperhidrosis. In group A, we used levobupivacaine (n = 39). In group B, we used botulinum toxin A plus ropivacaine for the PP in group B (n = 44). The CH rate after the PP was 44 % (group A) and 25 % (group B), and after sympathectomy 80 % (group A) and 75 % (group B). The prediction value between the PP and the sympathectomy was statistically significant in group A (p < 0.05). The positive prediction rate was 73 % and the negative prediction rate was 27 % in group A. Local anesthetic alone has a better predictive value. From our finding, patients should be made aware that CH after sympathectomy is less severe in 73 % of cases than that experienced in the PP.

  4. Micro-angiographic investigations of revascularisation of fracture in the canine tibia

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    Kagel, K.O.; Koecher, W.

    1987-03-01

    Micro-angiograms were performed between eight weeks and one year following osteotomies and pressure osteosyntheses in 34 dog tibiae. Seventeen animals also underwent lumbar sympathectomy. In more than half of the cases, vascularisation of the medulla was reduced by damage to the nutrient artery. Segmental connections could be demonstrated by means of transcortical anastomoses. Following sympathectomy, revascularisation was more marked as a result of numerous trans-osseus anastomoses. This, however, did not lead to improved healing; healing was worse after sympathectomy. Transcortical revascularisation and vessel growth along drill holes are of crucial significance.

  5. Micro-angiographic investigations of revascularisation of fracture in the canine tibia

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    1987-01-01

    Micro-angiograms were performed between eight weeks and one year following osteotomies and pressure osteosyntheses in 34 dog tibiae. Seventeen animals also underwent lumbar sympathectomy. In more than half of the cases, vascularisation of the medulla was reduced by damage to the nutrient artery. Segmental connections could be demonstrated by means of transcortical anastomoses. Following sympathectomy, revascularisation was more marked as a result of numerous trans-osseus anastomoses. This, however, did not lead to improved healing; healing was worse after sympathectomy. Transcortical revascularisation and vessel growth along drill holes are of crucial significance. (orig.) [de

  6. Evaluation of quality of life before and after videothoracoscopic simpathectomy for primary hyperhidrosis.

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    Baroncello, João Batista; Baroncello, Layla Regina Zambenedetti; Schneider, Emílio Gabriel Ferro; Martins, Guilherme Garcia

    2014-01-01

    To assess quality of life before and after thoracoscopic sympathectomy for treatment of primary hyperhidrosis. we conducted an observational, analytical, cross-sectional and quantitative study. We evaluated patients undergoing thoracoscopic sympathectomy for primary axillary hyperhidrosis, primary palmar hyperhidrosis, and axillary hyperhidrosis associated with palmar one. We applied a questionnaire on quality of life related to hyperhidrosis before and after the operation. The questionnaire was administered to 51 patients with a mean age of 32.4 years, 45 women and six men. The average quality of life related to hyperhidrosis in a score of 0-100 before sympathectomy was 34.6 and after the operation it was 77.1. Compensatory hyperhidrosis occurred in 84.3% of patients. thoracoscopic sympathectomy improves the quality of life of patients with primary hyperhidrosis, with results supported over time. Compensatory hyperhidrosis occurred in most patients, but did not significantly influence the improved quality of life.

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    Full Text Available ... St. Francis Health System, Greenville, SC, 2/04/2015) Vascular Diseases Arterial and Peripheral Sympathectomy for Vasospastic ... of Arizona Medical Center, Tucson, AZ, 08/20/2015) Lung Cancer Robotic-Assisted Surgery: Lung Resection (Wake ...

  8. African Journal of Paediatric Surgery - Vol 9, No 2 (2012)

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    Thoracoscopic sympathectomy ganglia ablation in the management of palmer hyperhidrosis: A decade experience in a single institution · EMAIL FULL TEXT EMAIL FULL TEXT · DOWNLOAD FULL TEXT DOWNLOAD FULL TEXT. D Kravarusic, E Freud, 143-147. http://dx.doi.org/10.4103/0189-6725.99402 ...

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    Kravarusic, D. Vol 8, No 2 (2011) - Articles Androgen insensitivity syndrome: Risk of malignancy and timing of surgery in a paediatric and adolescent population. Abstract · Vol 9, No 2 (2012) - Articles Thoracoscopic sympathectomy ganglia ablation in the management of palmer hyperhidrosis: A decade experience in a ...

  10. Point of Technique

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    Minimally invasive techniques are becoming popular choice for the recent times. These techniques are lowering the cost and giving the best cosmetic results. For cardiovascular surgery these techniques are much more newer and much more unknown. Open lumbar sympathectomy for certain indications is a very well ...

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    Freud, E. Vol 8, No 2 (2011) - Articles Androgen insensitivity syndrome: Risk of malignancy and timing of surgery in a paediatric and adolescent population. Abstract · Vol 9, No 2 (2012) - Articles Thoracoscopic sympathectomy ganglia ablation in the management of palmer hyperhidrosis: A decade experience in a single ...

  12. [Neural regulation of substance transport in the kidney].

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    Takács, L; Bencsáth, P; Szalay, L

    1978-03-01

    The denervation diuresis and natri uresiswere manifest in anesthetized dog and rats after acute or chronic renal sympathectomy with no changes in RBF, GFR or in their intrarenal distribution. Micropuncture showed the principal site of action of renal denervation on to be within the proximal tubule. The unchanged relationship between reabsorbed sodium and consumed oxygen suggested that active transport of Na decreased on denervation. No causal relationship between denervation natri uresis and decreased release of renin was revealed. As tubular transport of d-glucose, inorganic phosphate, para--aminohippurate and of uric acid was suppressed by the sympathectomy, the renal sympathetic activity seem to be able to regulate the proximal tubular transport functions.

  13. Acquired heterochromia with horner syndrome in two adults.

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    Diesenhouse, M C; Palay, D A; Newman, N J; To, K; Albert, D M

    1992-12-01

    Heterochromia iridis, asymmetry of iris pigmentation, has been well described with congenital Horner syndrome. Acquired heterochromia associated with lesions in the ocular sympathetic pathways in adulthood, however, is rare. Two cases are reported in which sympathectomy in adults resulted in ipsilateral Horner syndrome with heterochromia. In each case, pharmacologic testing with cocaine and hydroxyamphetamine was performed. In both cases, sympathectomy occurred at the level of the second order neuron, but hydroxyamphetamine testing suggested at least partial third order neuron involvement. Acquired heterochromia can occur in adults. The partial response to hydroxyamphetamine in the two cases presented may reflect trans-synaptic degeneration of the postganglionic neuron. A reduction in trophic influences on iris melanocytes may have contributed to the observed heterochromia.

  14. Raynaud's phenomenon

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    Nielsen, S L; Christensen, N J; Olsen, N

    1980-01-01

    The reaction to body and finger cooling was recorded in seven patients with relapse of primary Raynaud's phenomenon after sufficiently performed bilateral upper thoracic sympathectomy and for comparison in eight young women with primary Raynaud's phenomenon as well as in seven normal women....... The forearm venous concentration of noradrenaline was lower and adrenaline concentration higher in the sympathectomized patients than in the other groups (p less than 0,05). Noradrenaline showed a significant increase during body cooling in normals and primary Raynaud's (p less than 0......,05). There was no significant correlation between the vasoconstrictor response to cooling of a finger and the noradrenaline concentration probably due to the fact that skin vasoconstriction impeded release of noradrenaline from the skin. The relapse of Raynaud's phenomenon after surgically sufficient sympathectomy could...

  15. A comparative study of thoracoscopic sympathicotomy versus local surgical treatment for axillary hyperhidrosis

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    Heidemann, Erik; Licht, Peter B

    2013-01-01

    Axillary hyperhidrosis affects approximately 1.4% of the population. Medical management is often frustrating, and the response generally transient. Surgical methods include thoracoscopic sympathectomy or sympathicotomy and local axillary surgery such as suction-curettage or en-bloc skin resection....... Many case series with retrospective follow-up are available in the literature, but no comparative studies between surgical techniques have been published....

  16. Buerger’s Disease in Tehran University of Medical Sciences Hospitals: A Fifteen Years Study

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    2009-10-01

    Full Text Available Buerger's disease is an occlusive inflammatory disease of the small and medium-sized arteries and accounts for a variable proportion of patients with peripheral vascular disease throughout the world. The aim of this study was to review the records of Buerger's disease patients admitted to surgery wards of our university hospitals. 277 patients with Buerger's disease were surgically treated between 1987 and 2002, in affiliated hospitals of Tehran University of Medical Sciences, in Iran. Two hundred and seventy three (98.6% of the patients were male, aged 41.5 ± 11 years (mean ± SD; 99.6% of which were smokers with an average of 22.9 pack/years tobacco use. The major complaints included: ischemic ulcers in 203 (73.3%, CI 95%: 0.68-0.77 patients, rest pain in 201 (72.6%, CI 95%: 0.64-0.73, paresthesia in 143 (51.3%, CI 95%: 0.48- 0.58. Vascular bypass, sympathectomy and amputation were performed in 9.7% (CI 95%: 0.08-0.14 and 69.3% (CI 95%: 0.51-0.60 and 59.6% (CI 95%: 0.65-0.73 of the patients, respectively. Lumbar sympathectomy was carried out in 177 (63.9% patients, while 15 (5.4% patients underwent thoracic sympathectomy. In our study, afflicted patients were mostly young males, inveterate tobacco smokers. Patients presented frequently with ischemic ulcers or severe rest pain; thrombophlebitis and Raynaud's phenomenon were infrequent. Vascular reconstruction was rarely possible due to distal and segmental involvement; therefore sympathectomy and amputation were inevitable in a large group of patients in this study.

  17. Causalgic form of postphlebitic syndrome. A variety of reflex sympathetic dystrophy caused by acute deep thrombophlebitis.

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    Massell, T B

    1988-01-01

    The causalgic form of the postphlebitic syndrome or reflex sympathetic dystrophy resulting from acute deep thrombophlebitis is a relatively uncommon and, unfortunately, frequently unrecognized form of the postphlebitic syndrome. The usual signs of venous insufficiency are minimal, but severe burning pain is characteristic, usually increased by dependency. The diagnosis is confirmed by phlebography and the response to a lumbar sympathetic block. A lumbar sympathectomy produces permanent pain relief. PMID:3176488

  18. The intestinal microbiota affect central levels of brain-derived neurotropic factor and behavior in mice.

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    BACKGROUND 38; AIMS Alterations in the microbial composition of the gastrointestinal tract (dysbiosis) are believed to contribute to inflammatory and functional bowel disorders and psychiatric comorbidities. We examined whether the intestinal microbiota affects behavior and brain biochemistry in mice. METHODS Specific pathogen free (SPF) BALB/c mice with or without subdiaphragmatic vagotomy or chemical sympathectomy or germ free BALB/c mice received a mixture of nonabsorbable antimicrobials (...

  19. Sustained sympathetic nervous system support of arterial blood pressure during repeated brief umbilical cord occlusions in near-term fetal sheep.

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    Galinsky, Robert; Jensen, Ellen C; Bennet, Laura; Mitchell, Clinton J; Gunn, Eleanor R; Wassink, Guido; Fraser, Mhoyra; Westgate, Jennifer A; Gunn, Alistair J

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    Sympathetic nervous system (SNS)-mediated peripheral vasoconstriction plays a key role in initial maintenance of blood pressure during rapid-onset asphyxia in the mammalian fetus, but it is attenuated after the first few minutes. It is unclear whether the SNS response is sustained during the brief, but frequently repeated, episodes of asphyxia characteristic of labor. In the present study, 14 fetal sheep at 0.85 of gestation received either chemical sympathectomy with 6-hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA; n = 7) or sham injection (control; n = 7), followed 4-5 days later by repeated 2-min episodes of complete umbilical cord occlusion every 5 min for up to 4 h or until mean arterial blood pressure (MAP) fell to blood flow (FBF), with initial hypertension, followed by progressive development of hypotension during ongoing occlusions. Sympathectomy was associated with attenuation of the initial rise in MAP during umbilical cord occlusion, and after the onset of hypotension, a markedly more rapid fall of MAP to the nadir, with a correspondingly slower fall in FBF (P < 0.05). In contrast, MAP and FHR between successive occlusions were higher after sympathectomy (P < 0.05). There was no significant difference in the number of occlusions before terminal hypotension (6-OHDA; 16.1 ± 2.2 vs. control; 18.7 ± 2.3). These data show that SNS activity provides ongoing support for fetal MAP during prolonged exposure to brief repeated asphyxia. Copyright © 2014 the American Physiological Society.

  20. Raynaud's phenomenon (secondary).

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    Herrick, Ariane; Muir, Lindsay

    2014-10-14

    Raynaud's phenomenon is episodic vasospasm of the peripheral vessels. It presents as episodic colour changes of the digits (sometimes accompanied by pain and paraesthesia), usually in response to cold exposure or stress. The classic triphasic colour change is white (ischaemia), then blue (de-oxygenation), then red (reperfusion). Raynaud's phenomenon can be primary (idiopathic) or secondary to several different conditions and causes. When secondary (e.g., to systemic sclerosis), it can progress to ulceration of the fingers and toes. This review deals with secondary Raynaud's phenomenon. We conducted a systematic review and aimed to answer the following clinical questions: What are the effects of surgical interventions in complicated secondary Raynaud's phenomenon? We searched: Medline, Embase, The Cochrane Library, and other important databases up to March 2014 (Clinical Evidence reviews are updated periodically; please check our website for the most up-to-date version of this review). We included harms alerts from relevant organisations such as the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). We found two studies that met our inclusion criteria. We performed a GRADE evaluation of the quality of evidence for interventions. In this systematic review, we present information relating to the effectiveness and safety of the following interventions: botulinum toxin, simple debridement/surgical toilet of ulcers, peripheral sympathectomy (digital, digital plus sympathectomy of the ulnar and/or radial artery, ligation of the ulnar artery), cervical/thoracic sympathectomy, arterial reconstruction (venous graft, arterial graft, balloon angioplasty), and amputation.

  1. Electrocautery versus Ultracision versus LigaSure in Surgical Management of Hyperhidrosis.

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    Divisi, Duilio; Di Leonardo, Gabriella; De Vico, Andrea; Crisci, Roberto

    2015-12-01

    The aim of the study was to evaluate the sympathectomy procedures for primary hyperhidrosis in terms of complications and effectiveness. From January 2010 to September 2012 we performed 130 sympathectomies in 65 patients, 27 males (42%) and 38 females (58%). Electrocoagulation was used in 20 procedures (15%), ultrasonic scalpel in 54 (42%), and radiofrequency dissector in 56 (43%). Seven patients (11%) underwent bilateral sympathectomy in the same surgical session, while in 58 (89%) the right surgical approach was delayed 30 days from the first procedure. We noticed 12 complications (9%): (a) chest pain in 6 patients (4 with electrocoagulation, 1 with ultrasonic scalpel, and 1 with radiofrequency dissector), which disappeared in 20 ± 1 day; (b) paresthesias in 3 electrocoagulation patients, was solved in 23 ± 5 days; (c) bradycardia in 1 ultrasonic patient, normalized in 4th postoperative hour; (d) unilateral relapse in 2 electrocoagulation patients after the second side approach, positively treated in 1 patient by resurgery in video-assisted thoracoscopy (VAT). The quality-adjusted life year and the quality of life evaluation revealed a statistically significant improvement (p = 0.02) in excessive sweating and general satisfaction after surgery, with Ultracision and LigaSure showing better findings than electrocoagulation. The latest generation devices offered greater efficacy in the treatment of hyperhidrosis, minimizing complications and facilitating the resumption of normal work and social activity of patients. Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New York.

  2. chronic sleep deprevation and ventricular arrhythmias: effect of symphatic nervous system

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    Full Text Available Introduction: We assessed the effect of chronic sleep deprivation on incidence of ischemia/reperfusion-induced ventricular arrhythmias (ventricular tachycardia and ventricular fibrillation and the role of the sympathetic nervous system in this respect. Material and methods: Rats were randomly divided into four groups; 1 ischemia/reperfusion group (IR: 30 minutes ischemia followed by 60 minutes reperfusion was induced, 2 control group (CON: rats has been placed in large multiple platforms for 72h prior to ischemia and reperfusion, 3 Chronic sleep deprivation group( SD: 72h sleep deprivation was induced by using small  multiple platform prior to ischemia and reperfusion, 4 Sympathectomy group (SYM: chemical sympathectomy was done 24h before to chronic sleep deprivation and then underwent ischemia and reperfusion. The heart isolated and perfused by langendorff apparatus. After thoracotomy and aorta cannulation, the hearts perfused in the langendorff apparatus using krebs-Henseleit buffer. Hearts were allowed to recovery for 15 min. After recovery period, 15 minutes was considered as baseline prior to 30 minutes ischemia followed by 60 minutes reperfusion.Tow thin stainless stell electrodes fixed on the ventricular apex and right atrium for recording the lead II of electrocardiogram (ECG.Results: There were no significant differences between heart rates between groups, and ventricular tachycardia significantly increased in chronic sleep deprivation group As compared with IR group in ischemia period. Sympathectomy significantly reduced ventricular tachycardia incidence when compared with SD. There is no difference in incidence of ventricular tachycardia between control group and IR group. The incidence of ventricular fibrillation during early reperfusion was significantly augmented (P<0.05 in sleep deprivation group as compared with IR group and Sympathectomy significantly could reverse ventricular fibrillation incidence to IR group level as

  3. CT-guided percutaneous neurolysis methods. State of the art and first results; CT-gesteuerte Neurolysen. Stand der Technik und aktuelle Ergebnisse

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    Schneider, B. [Abt. Radiodiagnostik, Radiologische Universitaetsklinik Heidelberg (Germany); Richter, G.M. [Abt. Radiodiagnostik, Radiologische Universitaetsklinik Heidelberg (Germany); Roeren, T. [Abt. Radiodiagnostik, Radiologische Universitaetsklinik Heidelberg (Germany); Kauffmann, G.W. [Abt. Radiodiagnostik, Radiologische Universitaetsklinik Heidelberg (Germany)

    1996-09-01

    We used 21G or 22G fine needles. All CT-guided percutaneous neurolysis methods require a proper blood coagulation. Most common CT scanners are suitable for neurolysis if there is enough room for maintaining sterile conditions. All neurolysis methods involve sterile puncture of the ganglia under local anesthesia, a test block with anesthetic and contrast agent to assess the clinical effect and the definitive block with a mixture of 96% ethanol and local anesthetic. This allows us to correct the position of the needle if we see improper distribution of the test block or unwanted side effects. Though inflammatory complications of the peritoneum due to puncture are rarely seen, we prefer the dorsal approach whenever possible. Results: Seven of 20 legs showed at least transient clinical improvement after CT-guided lumbar sympathectomies; 13 legs had to be amputated. Results of the methods in the literature differ. For lumbar sympathectomy, improved perfusion is reported in 39-89%, depending on the pre-selection of the patient group. Discussion: It was recently proved that sympathectomy not only improves perfusion of the skin but also of the muscle. The hypothesis of a steal effect after sympathectomy towards skin perfusion was disproved. Modern aggressive surgical and interventional treatment often leaves patients to sympathectomy whose reservers of collateralization are nearly exhausted. We presume this is the reason for the different results we found in our patient group. For thoracic sympathectomy the clinical treatment depends very much on the indications. Whereas palmar hyperhidrosis offers nearly 100% success, only 60-70% of patients with disturbance of perfusion have benefited. Results in celiac ganglia block also differ. Patients with carcinoma of the pancreas and other organs of the upper abdomen benefit in 80-100% of all cases, patients with chronic pancreatitis in 60-80%. (orig./VHE) [Deutsch] Thorakale und lumbale Sympathikolyse sowie die Zoeliakusblockade

  4. Effect of Interleukin 1b on rat thymus microenvironment

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    M Artico

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available The effect of interleukin 1b on the thymus of control and chemically sympathectomized adult and aged rats was studied with the aim of assessing the importance of adrenergic nerve fibres (ANF in the regulation of some immunological functions.The whole thymus was removed from normal, sympathectomized (with the neurotoxin 6-OH-dopamine and treated (interleukin 1b rats. Thymic slices were stained with eosin orange (for the recognition of microanatomical details of the thymic microenvironment and with Bodian’s method for staining of nerve fibres. Histofluorescence microscopy was employed for staining ANF and immunofluorescence was used for detecting NPY-like immunoreactivity. All images were submitted to quantitative morphometrical analysis and statistical analysis of data. Moreover, the amount of proteins and noradrenaline was measured on thymic homogenates. The results indicate that in normal conditions the formation of the thymic nerve plexi in the rat is complex: the majority of ANF are destroyed after chemical sympathectomy with 6-OH-dopamine and do not change after treatment with interleukin 1b; on the contrary, treatment with interleukin 1b induces substantial changes in the fresh weight of the thymus, the thymic microenvironment, thymic nerve fibers, ANF, NPY-like positive nerve fibres, and on the total amount of proteins and noradrenaline in rat thymic tissue homogenates.Immunostimulation with interleukin 1b induces substantial changes in the whole thymus, in its microenvironment and in ANF and NPY-like nerve fibres. After chemical sympathectomy, no significant immune response was evoked by interleukin 1b, since the majority of ANF was destroyed by chemical sympathectomy.

  5. Evaluation of patients who underwent resympathectomy for treatment of primary hyperhidrosis.

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    de Campos, José Ribas Milanez; Lembrança, Lucas; Fukuda, Juliana Maria; Kauffman, Paulo; Teivelis, Marcelo Passos; Puech-Leão, Pedro; Wolosker, Nelson

    2017-11-01

    Video thoracoscopic sympathectomy is the recommended surgical treatment for primary hyperhidrosis and has a high success rate. Despite this high success rate, some patients are unresponsive and eventually need a resympathectomy. Few studies have previously analysed exclusively the results of these resympathectomies in patients with primary hyperhidrosis. None of the studies have objectively evaluated the degree of response to surgery or the improvement in quality of life after resympathectomies. This is a retrospective study, evaluating 15 patients from an initial group of 2300 patients who underwent resympathectomy after failure of the primary surgical treatment. We evaluated sympathectomy levels of resection, technical difficulties, surgical complications preoperative quality of life, response to treatment and quality-of-life improvement 30 days after each surgery. Regarding gender, 11 (73.3%) patients were women. The average age was 23.2 with SD of 5.17 years, and the mean body mass index was 20.9 (SD 2.12). Ten patients had major complaints about their hands (66%) and 5 (33%) patients about their forearms. A high degree of response to sympathectomy occurred in 73% of patients. In 11 of these patients, the improvement in quality of life was considered high, 3 showed a mild improvement and 1 did not improve. No major complications occurred; the presence of adhesions was reported in 11 patients and pleural drainage was necessary in 4 patients. Resympathectomy is an effective procedure, and it improves the quality of life in patients with primary hyperhidrosis who failed after the first surgery. © The Author 2017. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery. All rights reserved.

  6. Treatment of axillary hyperhidrosis: combination of the starch-iodine test with the tumescent liposuction technique.

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    Swinehart, J M

    2000-04-01

    To evaluate and permanently improve axillary hyperhidrosis. Excessive sweating of the axillae is a common problem for which patients frequently seek dermatologic advice and therapy. Many treatments, including aluminum chloride, topical and systemic anticholinergic agents, tranquilizers, iontophoresis, direct surgical excision, botulinum toxin injection, and thoracic sympathectomy, have been employed to control this problem. All have drawbacks of one sort or another. The starch-iodine technique for delineation of preoperative and postoperative axillary sweating is described in detail. A method of sweat gland removal utilizing tumescent liposuction is discussed. The combination of the starch-iodine technique and tumescent liposuction is safe and effective for therapy of axillary hyperhidrosis.

  7. Severe Raynaud's phenomenon—A streamlined approach to acute management

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    Lee, Regent; Lomas, Oliver; Handa, Ashok

    2011-01-01

    Raynaud's phenomenon is an exaggerated vasospastic response to cold or emotional stress which not only may cause the patient severe pain but also critical ischaemia and necrosis of the digits. We report the case of a 69-year-old woman who presented with rest pain, impending ulceration and necrosis of finger tips due to an episode of left-sided Raynaud's phenomenon. Intravenous prostacyclin was administered successfully as a bridge to endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy. Vascular surgery units are ideally positioned for the acute management of severe Raynaud's phenomenon to provide continuity of care to patients with profound digital ischaemia and impending tissue loss. PMID:26902555

  8. Clinical and image improvement of Raynaud's phenomenon after botulinum toxin type A treatment.

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    Zhao, HongMei; Lian, YaJun

    2015-08-01

    Raynaud's phenomenon is often accompanied by pain, digital ulceration and compromised daily activities. Pharmacological therapy or sympathectomies have been administered to diminish these symptoms but existing treatments are not invariably efficacious. A recent case series has described the use of botulinum toxin type A in the treatment of Raynaud's phenomenon. We report two patients with severe or mild Raynaud's phenomenon who were injected with BTX-A; both of whom experienced clinical and image improvement after treatment. © 2015 The Australasian College of Dermatologists.

  9. Quality of Life Changes Following Surgery for Hyperhidrosis.

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    de Campos, José Ribas Milanez; da Fonseca, Hugo Veiga Sampaio; Wolosker, Nelson

    2016-11-01

    The best way to evaluate the impact of primary hyperhidrosis on quality of life (QL) is through specific questionnaires, avoiding generic models that do not appropriately evaluate individuals. QL improves significantly in the short term after sympathectomy. In the longer term, a sustained and stable improvement is seen, although there is a small decline in the numbers; after 5 and even at 10 years of follow-up it shows virtually the same numerical distribution. Compensatory hyperhidrosis is a major side effect and the main aggravating factor in postoperative QL, requiring attention to its management and prevention. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  10. [Management of hyperhidrosis].

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    Maillard, H; Lecouflet, M

    2015-04-01

    Hyperhidrosis continues to be undertreated in our view, despite its propensity to considerably impair quality of life. We shall break down therapeutic approaches to hyperhidrosis into several steps: (a) determine the physiological causes of excess sweating; (b) establish the type of hyperhidrosis involved and screen for causes of secondary hyperhidrosis before diagnosing essential hyperhidrosis; (c) evaluate the severity of the hyperhidrosis by means of a validated scale (HDSS score), Minor's starch-iodine test or gravimetric analysis; (d) select one of the medical therapies currently available, i.e. topical therapy (antiperspirants, iontophoresis or botulinum toxin injection), systemic therapy (oxybutynin) or surgery (thoracic sympathectomy). Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  11. Plantar Hyperhidrosis: An Overview.

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    Vlahovic, Tracey C

    2016-07-01

    Plantar hyperhidrosis, excessive sweating on the soles of feet, can have a significant impact on patients' quality of life and emotional well-being. Hyperhidrosis is divided into primary and secondary categories, depending on the cause of the sweating, with plantar hyperhidrosis typically being primary and idiopathic. There is an overall increased risk of cutaneous infection in the presence of hyperhidrosis, including fungal, bacterial, and viral infections. This article discusses a range of treatment options including topical aluminum chloride, iontophoresis, injectable botulinum toxin A, glycopyrrolate, oxybutynin, laser, and endoscopic lumbar sympathectomy. Lifestyle changes regarding hygiene, shoe gear, insoles, and socks are also discussed. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  12. How a Simple Ankle Sprain Turned Into Neuropathic Pain: Complex Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Versus Erythromelalgia.

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    Lurati, Ann Regina

    2018-04-01

    A 36-year-old woman sustained a Grade 2 ankle sprain at work. Two days after the injury, the ankle and foot became red and she complained of "intense burning pain." First diagnosed with complex reflex sympathetic dystrophy, the employee was prescribed medications that provided some pain relief; a subsequent temporary nerve block provided additional relief. However, the symptoms returned and she was treated unsuccessfully with surgical sympathectomy. The employee was referred to a neurologist and diagnosed with primary erythromelalgia, a rare pain disorder that can be mistaken as complex reflex sympathetic dystrophy.

  13. The effect of lesions of the sympathoadrenal system on training induced adaptations in adipocytes and pancreatic islets in rats

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    Stallknecht, B; Roesdahl, M; Vinten, J

    1996-01-01

    Physical training increases insulin stimulated glucose uptake in adipocytes and decreases insulin secretion from pancreatic islets. The mechanism behind these adaptations is not known. Because in acute exercise adrenergic activity influences both adipocytes and pancreatic islets, the sympathetic...... nervous system was examined as the possible mediator. Rats were either adrenodemedullated or sham adrenodemedullated and underwent either unilateral abdominal sympathectomy or were sham sympathectomized. Resting plasma adrenaline concentration in adrenodemedullated rats was 32% of the concentration...... in sham adrenodemedullated rats (P muscle noradrenaline content in sympathectomized leg was 9% of content in sham sympathectomized leg (P

  14. Sympathicotomy for Isolated Facial Blushing: A Randomized Clinical Trial

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    Licht, P. B.; Pilegaard, Hans; Ladegaard, L.

    2012-01-01

    Background. Facial blushing is one of the most peculiar of human expressions. The pathophysiology is unclear, and the prevalence is unknown. Thoracoscopic sympathectomy may cure the symptom and is increasingly used in patients with isolated facial blushing. The evidence base for the optimal level...... experienced Horner's syndrome. Compensatory sweating occurred in 93% of patients, gustatory sweating 36%, and dry hands in 66%; 13% of patients regretted the operation despite thorough preoperative selection and information. Conclusions. There were no significant differences in local effects or side effects...

  15. Diagnostics And Treatment Of Patients With Blood Circulation Insufficiency In Vertebrobasilar Bed

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    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available For improvement of treatment results of patients with vertebrobasilar insufficiency we have analyzed data of medical examination and treatment of 182 patients stayed in clinics of Hospital Surgery and Nervous System Diseases from the 1st of January of 2005 till the 30th of June of 2009. Method of screening diagnostics, quantitative and qualitative blood flow estimation by means of Doppler ultrasonic investigation and angiography have been performed. The cause of blood circulation insufficiency in the vertebrobasilar bed at 87 patients was vertebral artery syndrome and in 95 cases there were the significant hemodynamical damages of blood flow in aorta arch branches and intracranial arteries. The neuroangiotropic therapy has been made for all patients, but the clinical improvement period was short in most cases, more prolonged effect was observed in addition of conservative therapy with plasmapheresis by indications. In the complex treatment of patients with vertebrobasilar insufficiency accompanied by degenerative diseases of spine chemical sympathectomy of vertebral artery in the III segment in the form of procaine and spirit-procaine blockades was made in 116 and 69 cases accordingly. The surgical sympathectomy was made in 15 patients. The surgical operations were made in 62 of 95 patients with significant hemodynamic pathology of blood flow in the vertebrobasilar region. In most cases isolative and combinative reconstructive surgery on carotid arteries was carried out. It played a significant role in blood flow correction. Favorable postoperative results were observed in most cases (93, 5%

  16. Surgical cardiac denervation therapy for treatment of congenital ion channelopathies in pediatric patients: a contemporary, single institutional experience.

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    Costello, John P; Wilson, Jennifer K; Louis, Clauden; Peer, Syed M; Zurakowski, David; Nadler, Evan P; Qureshi, Faisal G; Jonas, Richard A; Greene, E Anne; Berul, Charles I; Moak, Jeffrey P; Nath, Dilip S

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    Congenital ion channel disorders, including congenital long QT syndrome (LQTS), cause significant morbidity in pediatric patients. When medication therapy does not control symptoms or arrhythmias, more invasive treatment strategies may be necessary. This study examines our institution's clinical experience with surgical cardiac denervation therapy for management of these arrhythmogenic disorders in children. An institutional review board-approved retrospective review identified ten pediatric patients with congenital ion channelopathies who underwent surgical cardiac denervation therapy at a single institution between May 2011 and April 2014. Eight patients had a diagnosis of congenital LQTS, two patients were diagnosed with catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia (CPVT). All patients underwent sympathectomy and partial stellate ganglionectomy via video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS). Six of the ten patients had documented ventricular arrhythmias preoperatively, and 70% of the patients had preoperative syncope. The corrected QT interval decreased in 75% of patients with LQTS following sympathectomy. Postoperative arrhythmogenic symptoms were absent in 88% of congenital LQTS patients, but both patients with CPVT continued to have symptoms throughout the duration of follow-up. All patients were alive after a median follow-up period of 10 months. Surgical cardiac denervation therapy via VATS is a useful treatment strategy for congenital LQTS patients who fail medical management, and its potential benefit in the management of CPVT is unclear. A prospective comparison of the efficacy of surgical cardiac denervation therapy and implantable cardioverter-defibrillator use in congenital ion channelopathies is timely and crucial. © The Author(s) 2014.

  17. René Leriche and "Philosophy of Surgery" in the light of contemporary medical ethics.

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    Akça, Tamer; Aydın, Süha

    2013-01-01

    Prof. Dr. René Leriche was a famous French surgeon who lived between 1879 and 1955. After working as a vascular surgeon in Lyon, he was appointed professor at the University of Strasbourg in 1924 and later the Paris Collége de France in 1937. Leriche had proposed vascular patches as the ideal treatment for obliterated vascular segments and advocated the necessity of sympathectomy in arterial diseases in the 1920s. He defined "Leriche Syndrome" in 1923 which is known by his name and which develops as a result of incomplete obstruction of the aortic bifurcation. René Leriche wrote a monograph entitled "La Chirurgie de la Douleur-Pain Surgery" in 1940 and he also became a pioneer in the sympathectomy procedure for pain treatment. René Leriche focused on topics that must be remembered again today, including surgery advanced into science, the physiological basis of surgery, research methods, as well as issues such as business technology, humanity in surgery, surgical essence and surgeon's qualifications in the book entitled "La Philosophie de la Chirurgie-Philosophy of Surgery" that he wrote in 1951. In this review, the issues that Prof. Dr. René Leriche addressed in middle of the 20(th) century were revised in the light of contemporary medical ethics.

  18. [Neurolitic block of the lumbar sympathetic chain improves chronic pain in a patient with critical lower limb ischemia].

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    Barreto Junior, Elton Pereira de Sá; Nascimento, Jedson Dos Santos; de Castro, Anita Perpetua Carvalho Rocha

    Sympathectomy is one of the therapies used in the treatment of chronic obstructive arterial disease (COAD). Although not considered as first-line strategy, it should be considered in the management of pain difficult to control. This clinical case describes the evolution of a patient with inoperable COAD who responded properly to the lumbar sympathetic block. A female patient, afro-descendant, 69 years old, ASA II, admitted to the algology service due to refractory ischemic pain in the lower limbs. The patient had undergone several surgical procedures and conservative treatments without success. Vascular surgery considered the case as out of therapeutic possibility, unless limb amputation. At that time, sympathectomy was indicated. After admission to the operating room, the patient was monitored, positioned and sedated. The blockade was performed with the aid of radioscopy, bilaterally, at L2-L3-L4 right and L3 left levels. On the right side, at each level cited, 3mL of absolute alcohol with 0.25% bupivacaine were injected without vasoconstrictor, and on the left side only local anesthetic. The procedure was performed uneventfully. The patient was discharged with complete remission of the pain. Neurolitic block of the lumbar sympathetic chain is an effective and safe treatment option for pain control in patients with critical limb ischemia patients in whom the only possible intervention would be limb amputation. Copyright © 2015 Sociedade Brasileira de Anestesiologia. Publicado por Elsevier Editora Ltda. All rights reserved.

  19. Direct and indirect cardiovascular actions of cathinone and MDMA in the anaesthetized rat.

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    Alsufyani, Hadeel A; Docherty, James R

    2015-07-05

    The stimulants cathinone (from Khat leaves) and methylenedioxymeth-amphetamine (MDMA) produce adrenoceptor mediated tachycardia and vasopressor actions that may be the result of direct receptor stimulation, actions on the noradrenaline transporter, and/or displacement of noradrenaline from nerve terminals. Effects of cathinone or MDMA were compared with those of the indirect sympathomimetic tyramine. Male Wistar rats were anaesthetized with pentobarbitone for blood pressure and heart rate recording. Some rats were sympathectomised by treatment with 6-hydroxydopamine. In the anaesthetised rat, cathinone, MDMA and tyramine (all 0.001-1 mg/kg) produced marked tachycardia, tyramine produced marked pressor responses and MDMA produced small pressor responses. The tachycardia to cathinone and MDMA was almost abolished by propranolol (1mg/kg). Pretreatment with cocaine (1mg/kg) did not significantly affect the tachycardia to cathinone or MDMA, but reduced the response to tyramine. However, in sympathectomised rats, the tachycardia to cathinone or MDMA was markedly attenuated, but the tachycardia to tyramine was only partially reduced. Blood pressure effects of tyramine and MDMA were also markedly attenuated by sympathectomy. The results demonstrate firstly that cocaine may not be the most suitable agent for assessing direct versus indirect agonism in cardiovascular studies. Secondly, the use of chemical sympathectomy achieved the desired goal of demonstrating that cardiac β-adrenoceptor mediated actions of cathinone and MDMA are probably largely indirect. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  20. Anatomic Variation of Rami Communicantes in the Upper Thoracic Sympathetic Chain: A Human Cadaveric Study.

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    Street, Elliot; Ashrafi, Mohammed; Greaves, Nicholas; Gouldsborough, Ingrid; Baguneid, Mohamed

    2016-07-01

    Hyperhidrosis is secondary to over activation of the sympathetic nervous system and surgical sympathectomy is the treatment of choice when other modalities have failed. This study investigated anatomic variation in the upper thoracic sympathetic chain and associated rami communicantes among cadaveric specimens. It considers the implications of these findings on surgical techniques to treat hyperhidrosis. The upper 4 thoracic sympathetic ganglia, intercostal nerves, and connecting rami were dissected, measured and mapped in 40 sides of 20 adult human cadavers. Ganglia location was recorded. The incidence, orientation, and distance travelled by rami communicantes was compared across different ganglionic levels and between sides. The percentage of ganglia located below their associated intercostal space was 6.25% with stellate ganglions present in 70% of specimens and Kuntz fibers noted in 40%. There was a stepwise reduction in incidence of rami from superior to inferior placed ganglia. The number of rami identified across all levels was significantly greater on the right (P = 0.03). The horizontal distance between the sympathetic chain and union of the rami on the intercostal nerves was significantly greater on the right across all levels (P = 0.04). There was substantial variation in the rami communicantes across the upper 4 ganglia and between right and left sides. Consideration of this variation should be given when planning surgical sympathectomy for hyperhidrosis particularly to avoid symptom recurrence. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  1. Successful treatment of Raynaud's syndrome in a lupus patient with continuous bilateral popliteal sciatic nerve blocks: a case report.

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    Dao, Thuan; Amaro-Driedger, David; Mehta, Jaideep

    2016-01-01

    Raynaud's syndrome has been treated medically and invasively, sometimes with regional anesthesia leading up to sympathectomy. We demonstrate that regional anesthesia was in this case a useful technique that can allow some patients to find temporary but significant relief from symptoms of Raynaud's syndrome exacerbation. We present a 43-year-old woman with Raynaud's syndrome secondary to lupus who was treated with bilateral popliteal nerve block catheters for ischemic pain and necrosis of her feet; this led to almost immediate resolution of her pain and return of color and function of her feet. While medical management should continue to be a front-line treatment for Raynaud's syndrome, regional anesthesia can be useful in providing rapid dissipation of symptoms and may thus serve as a viable option for short-term management of this syndrome.

  2. Adrenergic effects on renal secretion of epidermal growth factor in the rat

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    Poulsen, Steen Seier; Nexø, Ebba

    1985-01-01

    Urinary epidermal growth factor (EGF) has been demonstrated recently to originate from the kidneys. The present study was undertaken to investigate the adrenergic and cholinergic influence on secretion of renal EGF. beta-Adrenergic agonists increased the level of urinary EGF, while propranolol......, a beta-adrenergic blocking agent, decreased basal and beta-adrenergic stimulated total output of urinary EGF. Acetylcholine and the anticholinergic agent atropine had no effect on the output of EGF in urine. Also chemical sympathectomy induced by 6-hydroxydopamine reduced the urinary output of EGF. None...... of the experimental groups had a median serum concentration above the detection limit of the assay. The present study shows that secretion of renal EGF is under the influence of the sympathetic nervous system and release of EGF is stimulated by activation of beta-adrenergic receptors in the kidneys....

  3. Adrenergic nerve fibres and mast cells: correlation in rat thymus.

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    Artico, Marco; Cavallotti, Carlo; Cavallotti, Daniela

    2002-10-21

    The interactions between adrenergic nerve fibres and mast cells (MCs) were studied in the thymus of adult and old rats by morphological methods and by quantitative analysis of images (QAIs). The whole thymus was drawn in adult (12 months old) rats: normal, sympathectomized or electrostimulated. Thymuses from the above-mentioned animals were weighed, measured and dissected. Thymic slices were stained with eosin orange for detection of microanatomical details and with Bodian's method for identification of the whole nerve fibres. Thymic MCs were stained with Astrablau. Histofluorescence microscopy was used for staining of adrenergic nerve fibres. Finally, all morphological results were submitted to the QAIs and statistical analysis of data. Our results suggest that after surgical sympathectomy, the greater part of adrenergic nerve fibres disappear while related MCs appear to show less evident fluorescence and few granules. On the contrary, electrostimulation of the cervical superior ganglion induced an increase in the fluorescence of adrenergic nerve fibres and of related MCs.

  4. Resident training in a new robotic thoracic surgery program.

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    White, Yasmine N; Dedhia, Priya; Bergeron, Edward J; Lin, Jules; Chang, Andrew A; Reddy, Rishindra M

    2016-03-01

    The volume of robot-assisted operations has drastically increased over the past decade. New programs have focused on training surgeons, whereas resident training has lagged behind. The objective of this study was to evaluate our institutional experience with resident participation in thoracic robotic surgery cases since the initiation of our program. The first 100 robotic thoracic surgery cases at our institution were retrospectively reviewed and categorized into three sequential cohorts. Procedure type, patient and operative characteristics, level of resident participation (primary surgeon [PS] or assistant), and postoperative variables were evaluated. Of the first 100 cases, 38% were lung resections, 23% were esophageal operations, and 20% were sympathectomies. The distribution of cases changed over time with the proportion of pulmonary resections significantly increasing. Patient age (P robotics program. Operative time, estimated blood loss, and length of stay were similar regardless of level of resident participation. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  5. Plantar hyperhidrosis: A review of current management.

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    Singh, Sanjay; Kaur, Simranjit; Wilson, Paul

    2016-11-01

    To critically appraise current literature regarding the management of plantar hyperhidrosis in the form of a structured review. A literature search was conducted using various databases and search criteria. The literature reports the use of conservative, medical and surgical treatment modalities for the management of plantar hyperhidrosis. However, long-term follow-up data are rare and some treatment modalities currently available are not fully understood. There is a considerable dearth in the literature on the management of plantar hyperhidrosis. Further study in larger populations with longer follow-up times is critical to access the long-term effects of treatment. Nonetheless, iontophoresis, botulinum toxin injection and lumbar sympathectomy are promising treatment modalities for this disorder.

  6. Effect of age on upregulation of the cardiac adrenergic beta receptors

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    Tumer, N.; Houck, W.T.; Roberts, J.

    1990-01-01

    Radioligand binding studies were performed to determine whether upregulation of postjunctional beta receptors occurs in sympathectomized hearts of aged animals. Fischer 344 rats 6, 12, and 24 months of age (n = 10) were used in these experiments. To produce sympathectomy, rats were injected with 6-hydroxydopamine hydrobromide (6-OHDA; 2 x 50 mg/kg iv) on days 1 and 8; the animals were decapitated on day 15. The depletion of norepinephrine in the heart was about 86% in each age group. 125I-Iodopindolol (IPIN), a beta adrenergic receptor antagonist, was employed to determine the affinity and total number of beta adrenergic receptors in the ventricles of the rat heart. The maximal number of binding sites (Bmax) was significantly elevated by 37%, 48%, and 50% in hearts from sympathectomized 6-, 12-, and 24-month-old rats, respectively. These results indicate that beta receptor mechanisms in older hearts can respond to procedures that cause upregulation of the beta adrenergic receptors

  7. Long-term high-dose oral morphine in phantom limb pain with no addiction risk

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    Vinod Kumar

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Chronic phantom limb pain (PLP is a type of neuropathic pain, which is located in the missing/amputated limb. Phantom pain is difficult to treat as the exact basis of pain mechanism is still unknown. Various methods of treatment for PLP have been described, including pharmacological (NSAIDs, opioids, antiepileptic, antidepressants and non-pharmacological (TENS, sympathectomy, deep brain stimulation and motor cortex stimulation. Opioids are used for the treatment of neuropathic pain and dose of opioid is determined based on its effect and thus there is no defined ceiling dose for opioids. We report a case where a patient receiving high-dose oral morphine for chronic cancer pain did not demonstrate signs of addiction.

  8. Compensatory hyperhidrosis: results of pharmacologic treatment with oxybutynin.

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    Teivelis, Marcelo Passos; Wolosker, Nelson; Krutman, Mariana; Milanez de Campos, José Ribas; Kauffman, Paulo; Puech-Leão, Pedro

    2014-11-01

    Hyperhidrosis may affect nearly 3% of the population, and thoracic/lumbar sympathectomy has been highly effective. Compensatory hyperhidrosis is a risk associated with surgical procedures, and its treatment is both complex and not well defined. Treatment of primary hyperhidrosis with oxybutynin has yielded positive results; however, its use in compensatory hyperhidrosis (CH) has not been described. Twenty-one patients (11 female patients) received oxybutynin for severe CH at a median of 5 years after sympathectomy. Patients were evaluated to determine quality of life before starting oxybutynin and 6 weeks afterward; they assigned grades to determine improvement after 6 weeks and at their last consult visit for each site at which they complained of symptoms. Six and 15 patients underwent operation for axillary hyperhidrosis and palmar hyperhidrosis, respectively. Median follow-up time with oxybutynin was 377 days (49-1,831 days). Most common CH sites were the back (n=8) and abdomen (n=5). After 6 weeks, the quality of life improved in 71.4% of patients. Five patients stopped treatment: 2 because of unbearable dry mouth, 1 because of absence of pharmacologic response, 1 because of excessive somnolence, and 1 because of probable tachyphylaxis. At the last visit, 71.4% of patients presented with moderate to major improvement at the main sites at which sweating was noted. More than 70% of patients presented with improved overall quality of life and improvement at the most prominent site of compensatory sweating. Long-term treatment was ineffective in less than 25% of patients, primarily because of the side effects of dry mouth and somnolence. Oxybutynin appears to be effective in treating bothersome CH. Copyright © 2014 The Society of Thoracic Surgeons. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  9. Fat grafting to the hand in patients with Raynaud phenomenon: a novel therapeutic modality.

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    Bank, Jonathan; Fuller, Sam M; Henry, Ginard I; Zachary, Lawrence S

    2014-05-01

    Raynaud phenomenon causes progressively decreasing blood flow to the extremities, resulting from an imbalance between vasoconstriction and vasodilation. Treatment options include biofeedback, phosphodiesterase inhibitors, calcium channel inhibitors, botulinum toxin injection, or surgical sympathectomy. The authors propose fat grafting to the hands as a method to delay progression of the disease. Indications included symptomatic Raynaud phenomenon with failure of previous management. Fat is harvested from abdominal depots. Approximately 30 ml of decanted fat is injected by means of blunt cannulae: 10 to 15 ml in the dorsum of the hand, 2 to 3 ml in the snuffbox, 1 to 2 ml in each dorsal webspace, 3 to 4 ml along the superficial palmar arch, 1 to 2 ml in volar webspaces 2 to 4, and 2 to 3 ml in the first webspace. Patients underwent preoperative and postoperative laser speckle imaging study to assess changes in perfusion. A total of 13 patients were treated (21 hands). Twelve patients had undergone prior botulinum toxin injection, and 11 patients had prior sympathectomies. Findings included reduced pain (average reduction, 6.86 of 10 to 2.38 of 10), fewer cold attacks, improved skin and soft-tissue texture, decrease in ulcerations, and patient-reported improved function. Three patients had no changes. Increased blood flow per imaging was noted in five of 11 hands tested. Six patients had decreased readings on laser imaging. None of the laser speckle imaging changes were statistically significant, and they did not correlate clinically. There were no major complications. Preliminary results of fat grafting to the hands of patients with Raynaud phenomenon revealed improved symptomatology with evidence suggestive of measurably increased perfusion in some cases. Fat grafting may benefit the management of this patient population. Therapeutic, IV.

  10. Ionic mechanisms involved in the release of 3H-norepinephrine from the cat superior cervical ganglion

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    Adler-Graschinsky, E.; Filinger, E.J.; Martinez, A.E.

    1984-01-01

    It has previously been reported that in the isolated cat superior cervical ganglion (SCG) labeled with tritiated norepinephrine ( 3 H-NE), the stimulation of the preganglionic trunk at 10 Hz as well as the exposure to 100 μM exogenous acetylcholine (ACh), produced a Ca ++ -dependent release of 3 H-NE. The present results show that a Ca ++ -dependent release of 3 H-NE was produced also by exposure to either 50 μM veratridine or 60 mM KCl. Tetrodotoxin (0.5 μM) abolished the release of 3 H-NE induced by preganglionic stimulation, ACh and veratridine but did not modify the release evoked by KCl. The metabolic distribution of the radioactivity released by the different depolarizing stimuli showed that the 3 H-NE was collected mainly unmetabolized. In the cat SCG neither the release of 3 H-NE evoked by KCl nor the endogenous content of NE was modified by pretreatment with 6-OH-dopamine (6-OH-DA). On the other hand, this chemical sympathectomy depleted the endogenous content of NE in the cat nictitating membrane, whose nerve terminals arise from the SCG. The data presented suggest that the depolarization-coupled release of NE from the cat SCG involves structure that are different to nerve terminals and that contain Na + channels as well as Ca ++ channels

  11. Ionic mechanisms involved in the release of 3H-norepinephrine from the cat superior cervical ganglion

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    Alder-Graschinsky, E.; Filinger, E.J.; Martinez, A.E.

    1984-01-01

    It has previously been reported that in the isolated cat superior cervical ganglion (SCG) labeled with tritiated norepinephrine ( 3 H-NE), the stimulation of the preganglionic trunk at 10 Hz as well as the exposure to 100 μM exogenous acetylcholine (ACh), produced a Ca ++ -dependent release of 3 H-NE. The present results show that a Ca ++ -dependent release of 3 H-NE was produced also by exposure to either 50 μM veratridine or 60 mM KCl. Tetrodotoxin (0.5 μM) abolished the release of 3 H-NE induced by preganglionic stimulation, ACh and veratridine but did not modify the release evoked by KCl. The metabolic distribution of the radioactivity released by the different depolarizing stimuli showed that the 3 H-NE was collected mainly unmetabolized. In the cat SCG neither the release of 3 H-NE evoked by KCl nor the endogenous content of NE was modified by pretreatment with 6-OH-dopamine (6-OH-DA). On the other hand, this chemical sympathectomy depleted the endogenous content of NE in the cat nictitating membrane, whose nerve terminals arise from the SCG. The data presented suggest that the depolarization-coupled release of NE from the cat SCG involves structures that are different to nerve terminals and that contain Na + channels as well as Ca ++

  12. [Lumbar post-laminectomy syndrome I. Pain management using interventionist techniques].

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    Robaina Padrón, F J

    2007-12-01

    Chronic low back pain and ciatica after surgery is one of the main reasons for referring patients to multidisciplinary pain units (MPU). The future expansions of MPU have promted neurosurgeons in Spain to re-enter the field of chronic pain management and to recover their enthusiam, that have been lost severel years ago for various reasons. We do not intend dealing with the new instrumented surgical options for the post-laminectoy pain, but rather into the indications and descriptions of the interventional techniques for lumbar and sciatic pain managemet. Currently there are a great number of percutaneous techniques to achieve pain control in the post-laminectomy syndrome. Traditional neuroablative techniques at the spinal cord or the cerebral levels are not any longer indicated. Nonetheless, lumbar sympathectomy and thermo-neurolisis either with chilling or heating, are back in favour, due to the development of new devices and applications. Neuromodulation techniques which are also applicable to this pathology will be the subjet of another article. Pulsed radio-frecuency apperars to favour the safe application of electricity to the dorsal root ganglion or to the root itself thus avoiding the fear of permanent root and/or ganglion thermal lesions that frecuently occurred with the older techniques. Several strategies for pain relief are described, step by step and real figures are depicted in order to make the procedures more understandable and for the easier transmission of knowledge.

  13. 25. Ischemic pain in the extremities and Raynaud's phenomenon.

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    Devulder, Jacques; van Suijlekom, Hans; van Dongen, Robert; Diwan, Sudhir; Mekhail, Nagy; van Kleef, Maarten; Huygen, Frank

    2011-01-01

    Two important groups of disorders result from an insufficient blood supply to the extremities: critical vascular disease and the Raynaud's phenomenon. The latter can be subdivided into a primary and a secondary type. Critical ischemic disease is often caused by arteriosclerosis due to hypertension or diabetes. Primary Raynaud's is idiopathic and will be diagnosed as such if underlying systemic pathology has been excluded. Secondary Raynaud's is often a manifestation of a systemic disease. It is essential to try to establish a diagnosis as soon as possible in order to influence the evolution of the disease. A sympathetic nerve block can be considered in patients with critical ischemic vascular disease after extensive conservative treatment, preferably in the context of a study (2B±). If this has insufficient effect, spinal cord stimulation can be considered in a selected patient group (2B±). In view of the degree of invasiveness and the costs involved, this treatment should preferably be applied in the context of a study and with the use of transcutaneous pO(2) measurements. In case of primary Raynaud's, life style changes are the first step. Sympathectomy can be considered as a treatment of Raynaud's phenomenon (2C+), but only after multidisciplinary evaluation of the patient and in close consultation with the patient's rheumatologist, vascular surgeon or internist. © 2011 The Authors. Pain Practice © 2011 World Institute of Pain.

  14. A case report of the beneficial effects of botulinum toxin type A on Raynaud phenomenon in a patient with lung cancer.

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    Wang, Lu; Lei, Qi-Song; Liu, Yu-Ying; Song, Guan-Jie; Song, Chun-Ling

    2016-10-01

    Raynaud phenomenon is a vasospastic disorder affecting the hands and feet, and the efficacies of traditional treatments, such as pharmacological therapies and sympathectomy, are not uniform. Patients with paraneoplastic Raynaud phenomenon do not benefit from the traditional treatments. The use of botulinum toxin type A (BTX-A) for Raynaud phenomenon has been reported for several years; however, there are few reports regarding botulinum toxin type A in the treatment of paraneoplastic Raynaud phenomenon. We describe a case report of the beneficial effects of botulinum toxin type A on Raynaud phenomenon in a patient with lung cancer. A 63-year-old male complained of pain and discoloration of his fingers and indicated that oral nifedipine and low-dose aspirin were not effective. After approximately 8 months, he was diagnosed with lung cancer. Chemotherapy partially reduced the pain and discoloration of his fingers; however, no significant changes occurred in his fingers after the fourth cycle. We used BTX-A to treat this patient with paraneoplastic RP. A visual analogue scale (VAS) was used to assess the clinical response. After approximately 2 months, the patient reported relief from pain, stiffness, numbness, and cold sensation. Furthermore, no local or general adverse effects were exhibited by the patient. This study used botulinum toxin type A for a patient with paraneoplastic Raynaud phenomenon. Botulinum toxin type A significantly improved the patient's clinical symptoms without significant complications. These findings suggest that BTX-A may represent a good option for the treatment of paraneoplastic RP.

  15. Hemodynamic study of ischemic limb by velocity measurement in foot

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    Shionoya, S.; Hirai, M.; Kawai, S.; Ohta, T.; Seko, T.

    1981-01-01

    By means of a tracer technique with 99mTc-pertechnetate, provided with seven zonal regions of interest, 6 mm in width, placed at equal spaces of 18 mm, from the toe tip to the midfoot at a right angle to the long axis of the foot, arterial flow velocity in the foot during reactive hyperemia was measured. The mean velocity in the foot was 5.66 +/- 1.78 cm/sec in 14 normal limbs, 1.58 +/- 1.07 cm/sec in 29 limbs with distal thromboangiitis obliterans (TAO), 0.89 +/- 0.61 cm/sec in 13 limbs with proximal TAO, and 0.97 +/- 0.85 cm/sec in 15 limbs with arteriosclerosis obliterans (ASO). The velocity returned to normal in all 12 limbs after successful arterial reconstruction, whereas the foot or toe blood pressure remained pathologic in 9 of the 12 limbs postoperatively; the velocity reverted to normal in 4 of 13 limbs after lumbar sympathectomy. When the velocity was normalized after operation, the ulceration healed favorably, and the ischemic limb was salvaged. The most characteristic feature of peripheral arterial occlusive disease of the lower extremity was a stagnation of arterial circulation in the foot, and the flow velocity in the foot was a sensitive predictive index of limb salvage

  16. Restraint stress enhances arterial thrombosis in vivo--role of the sympathetic nervous system.

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    Stämpfli, Simon F; Camici, Giovanni G; Keller, Stephan; Rozenberg, Izabela; Arras, Margarete; Schuler, Beat; Gassmann, Max; Garcia, Irene; Lüscher, Thomas F; Tanner, Felix C

    2014-01-01

    Stress is known to correlate with the incidence of acute myocardial infarction. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying this correlation are not known. This study was designed to assess the effect of experimental stress on arterial thrombus formation, the key event in acute myocardial infarction. Mice exposed to 20 h of restraint stress displayed an increased arterial prothrombotic potential as assessed by photochemical injury-induced time to thrombotic occlusion. This increase was prevented by chemical sympathectomy performed through 6-hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA). Blood-born tissue factor (TF) activity was enhanced by stress and this increase could be prevented by 6-OHDA treatment. Vessel wall TF, platelet count, platelet aggregation, coagulation times (PT, aPTT), fibrinolytic system (t-PA and PAI-1) and tail bleeding time remained unaltered. Telemetric analysis revealed only minor hemodynamic changes throughout the stress protocol. Plasma catecholamines remained unaffected after restraint stress. Tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α) plasma levels were unchanged and inhibition of TNF-α had no effect on stress-enhanced thrombosis. These results indicate that restraint stress enhances arterial thrombosis via the sympathetic nervous system. Blood-borne TF contributes, at least in part, to the observed effect whereas vessel wall TF, platelets, circulating coagulation factors, fibrinolysis and inflammation do not appear to play a role. These findings shed new light on the understanding of stress-induced cardiovascular events.

  17. Enriching the Housing Environment for Mice Enhances Their NK Cell Antitumor Immunity via Sympathetic Nerve-Dependent Regulation of NKG2D and CCR5.

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    Song, Yanfang; Gan, Yu; Wang, Qing; Meng, Zihong; Li, Guohua; Shen, Yuling; Wu, Yufeng; Li, Peiying; Yao, Ming; Gu, Jianren; Tu, Hong

    2017-04-01

    Mice housed in an enriched environment display a tumor-resistant phenotype due to eustress stimulation. However, the mechanisms underlying enriched environment-induced protection against cancers remain largely unexplained. In this study, we observed a significant antitumor effect induced by enriched environment in murine pancreatic cancer and lung cancer models. This effect remained intact in T/B lymphocyte-deficient Rag1 -/- mice, but was nearly eliminated in natural killer (NK) cell-deficient Beige mice or in antibody-mediated NK-cell-depleted mice, suggesting a predominant role of NK cells in enriched environment-induced tumor inhibition. Exposure to enriched environment enhanced NK-cell activity against tumors and promoted tumoral infiltration of NK cells. Enriched environment increased the expression levels of CCR5 and NKG2D (KLRK1) in NK cells; blocking their function effectively blunted the enriched environment-induced enhancement of tumoral infiltration and cytotoxic activity of NK cells. Moreover, blockade of β-adrenergic signaling or chemical sympathectomy abolished the effects of enriched environment on NK cells and attenuated the antitumor effect of enriched environment. Taken together, our results provide new insight into the mechanism by which eustress exerts a beneficial effect against cancer. Cancer Res; 77(7); 1611-22. ©2017 AACR . ©2017 American Association for Cancer Research.

  18. Blockade of Adrenal Medulla-Derived Epinephrine Potentiates Bee Venom-Induced Antinociception in the Mouse Formalin Test: Involvement of Peripheral β-Adrenoceptors

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    Full Text Available The injection of diluted bee venom (DBV into an acupoint has been used traditionally in eastern medicine to treat a variety of inflammatory chronic pain conditions. We have previously shown that DBV had a potent antinociceptive efficacy in several rodent pain models. However, the peripheral mechanisms underlying DBV-induced antinociception remain unclear. The present study was designed to investigate the role of peripheral epinephrine on the DBV-induced antinociceptive effect in the mouse formalin assay. Adrenalectomy significantly enhanced the antinociceptive effect of DBV during the late phase of the formalin test, while chemical sympathectomy had no effect. Intraperitoneal injection of epinephrine blocked this adrenalectomy-induced enhancement of the DBV-induced antinociceptive effect. Moreover, injection of a phenylethanolamine N-methyltransferase (PNMT inhibitor enhanced the DBV-induced antinociceptive effect. Administration of nonselective β-adrenergic antagonists also significantly potentiated this DBV-induced antinociception, in a manner similar to adrenalectomy. These results demonstrate that the antinociceptive effect of DBV treatment can be significantly enhanced by modulation of adrenal medulla-derived epinephrine and this effect is mediated by peripheral β-adrenoceptors. Thus, DBV acupoint stimulation in combination with inhibition of peripheral β-adrenoceptors could be a potentially novel strategy for the management of inflammatory pain.

  19. The Role of Lumbar Sympathetic Nerves in Regulation of Blood Flow to Skeletal Muscle during Anaphylactic Hypotension in Anesthetized Rats.

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    Jie Song

    Full Text Available During hypovolemic shock, skeletal muscle blood flow could be redistributed to vital organs via vasoconstriction in part evoked by activation of the innervating sympathetic nerve activity. However, it is not well known whether this mechanism operates during anaphylactic shock. We determined the femoral artery blood flow (FBF and lumbar sympathetic nerve activity (LSNA mainly regulating the hindquater muscle blood flow during anaphylactic hypotension in anesthetized rats. Anesthetized Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly allocated to the following groups (n = 7/group: (1 non-sensitized, (2 anaphylaxis, (3 anaphylaxis-lumbar sympathectomy (LS and (4 anaphylaxis-sinoaortic denervation (SAD groups. Anaphylaxis was induced by an intravenous injection of the ovalbumin antigen to the sensitized rats. The systemic arterial pressure (SAP, heart rate (HR, central venous pressure (CVP, FBF and LSNA were continuously measured. In the anaphylaxis group, LSNA and HR increased, while SAP and FBF decreased after antigen injection. In the anaphylaxis-SAD group, LSNA did not significantly change during the early phase, but the responses of SAP and FBF were similar to those in the anaphylaxis group. In the anaphylaxis-LS group, both FBF and SAP decreased similarly to the anaphylaxis group during anaphylactic hypotension. These results indicated that LSNA increased via baroreceptor reflex, but this sympathoexcitation or LS did not affect antigen-induced decreases in FBF or SAP. Lumbar sympathetic nerves are not involved in regulation of the blood flow to the hindlimb or systemic blood pressure during anaphylactic hypotension in anesthetized rats.

  20. Effects of selective beta 1- and beta 2-adrenoreceptor agonists and antagonists on intraocular pressure in the cat.

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    Colasanti, B K; Trotter, R R

    1981-01-01

    Ocular tension of cats was measured after topical administration of the selective beta 1-adrenergic agonist CGP 7760B, the selective beta 1-adrenergic antagonist atenolol, the selective beta 2-adrenergic agonist salbutamol, the selective beta 2-adrenergic antagonist H 35/25, and the mixed beta 1- and beta 2-adrenergic antagonist timolol. Although atenolol did not alter intraocular pressure, CGP 7760B produced a modest decrease amounting to 3 to 4 mm Hg. Salbutamol, H 35/25, and timolol each produced a dose-dependent lowering of ocular tension, with maximal reductions amounting to 7, 5, and 5 mm Hg, respectively. Sympathetically denervated cat eyes showed supersensitivity to the pressure-lowering effect of salbutamol. In contrast, sympathectomy markedly reduced the effects of H 35/25 and timolol on ocular tension. Eyes rendered subsensitive to the pressure-lowering effects of cholinomimetics by chronic echothiophate treatment likewise showed diminished responsiveness to H 35/25 and timolol. Pretreatment with timolol (3 hr) completely abolished the pressure-lowering effect of salbutamol, and pretreatment with atenolol likewise completely antagonized the effect of CGP 7760B. These results suggest that beta-adrenergic receptors in the anterior segment of the cat eye are predominantly beta 2. Although beta-adrenergic antagonists apparently exert their effects on ocular tension by action at beta-adrenergic receptors, a cholinergic mechanism may be involved as well.

  1. Sympathetic Denervation Accelerates Wound Contraction but Inhibits Reepithelialization and Pericyte Proliferation in Diabetic Mice

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    Zhifang Zheng

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Previous studies focused on the effects of sympathetic denervation with 6-hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA on nondiabetic wounds, but the effects of 6-OHDA on diabetic wounds have not been previously reported. In this study, treated mice received intraperitoneal 6-OHDA, and control mice received intraperitoneal injections of normal saline. Full-thickness wounds were established on the backs of mice. The wounds were sectioned (four mice per group for analysis at 2, 5, 7, 10, 14, 17, and 21 days after injury. The wound areas in the control group were larger than those in the treatment group. Histological scores for epidermal and dermal regeneration were reduced in the 6-OHDA-treated group on day 21. The mast cells (MCs in each field decreased after sympathectomy on days 17 and 21. The expression levels of norepinephrine, epidermal growth factor (EGF, interleukin-1 beta, NG2 proteoglycan, and desmin in the treatment group were less than those in the control group. In conclusion, 6-OHDA delays reepithelialization during wound healing in diabetic mice by decreasing EGF, but increases wound contraction by reducing IL-1β levels and the number of MCs. Besides, 6-OHDA led to reduced pericyte proliferation in diabetic wounds, which might explain the vascular dysfunction after sympathetic nerve loss in diabetic wounds.

  2. Control of the hyperglycemic response to hemorrhage in cats.

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    Lautt, W W; Dwan, P D; Singh, R R

    1982-12-01

    Rapid hemorrhage to 50 mmHg (1 mmHg = 133.322 Pa) mean arterial blood pressure led to a rise in blood glucose levels that reached a level of 500 mg% by 15 min and was then maintained with minor decreases for the full period of hemorrhage (90 min). From changes in hepatic glycogen levels it is estimated that glucose from 3.1 g of glycogen was released per kilogram of body weight over the 90-min period of hemorrhage. Bilateral adrenalectomy or hepatic denervation did not reduce the hyperglycemic response significantly although adrenalectomy tended to produce a lesser response. Removal of the adrenals and the hepatic nerves (surgically or selective hepatic sympathectomy using 6-hydroxydopamine) eliminated all but a very small hyperglycemic response which was of slow onset. Thus, the hyperglycemic response to hemorrhage is controlled by a redundant control system wherein either the adrenals or the hepatic sympathetic nerves can produce the response but elimination of both systems eliminates the response. The minor hyperglycemia that occurred with both systems eliminated shows that other hormonal changes known to occur during hemorrhage play, at most, a minor role in the direct stimulation of glycogenolysis during hemorrhage.

  3. Insulin and glucagon response during hemorrhage induced hyperglycemia.

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    Lautt, W W; Martens, E S; Légaré, D J

    1982-12-01

    Rapid hemorrhage to 50 mmHg (1 mmHg = 133.322 Pa) in the pentobarbital-anesthetized cat leads to severe hyperglycemia which declines only slightly by 90 min of hemorrhage. Insulin levels decline to less than one-half of control levels and remain low throughout, despite the hyperglycemia. Glucagon levels decline at 15 min but are significantly elevated by 90 min. These data confirm that the hepatic glycogenolysis is controlled almost entirely by hepatic sympathetic nerves and adrenal secretions with no role for elevated glucagon levels at the early stages in hemorrhage. Hepatic denervation leads to lesser insulin suppression and greater glucagon elevation at later times (45 and 90 min), suggesting that intact hepatic nerves are required for a normal pancreatic response. Hepatic sympathectomy did not produce these effects. Insulin responses remained normal, but glucagon levels were suppressed throughout the entire experiment in sympathectomized cats. The data suggest that hepatic nerves may modulate insulin and glucagon levels during hemorrhage in an unknown manner.

  4. [Therapy of hyperhidrosis].

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    Hölze, E

    1984-01-01

    In the treatment of hyperhidrosis stabilization of psychovegetative functions is certainly desirable. However, autogenic exercise, hypnosis, psychotherapy as well as the administration of sedatives and tranquilizers serve only as adjuvant therapeutic measures. Systemic antihidrotics, like sage or camphor, proved ineffective; anticholinergics pose the risk of side effects. For topical therapy aldehydes, organic acids, and especially metallic salts are favorable. Tanning agents are of limited effect. Topical anticholinergics suppress sweating but provoke systemic side effects, if resorbed in larger quantities. Surgical treatment includes sympathetic blockade, sympathectomy, excision or curettage of eccrine glands, and cryotherapy or application of sclerosing agents. Concerning efficacy and risks of therapy only excision of axillary skin fields can be advocated. Among physical measures X-ray therapy is rendered obsolete. However, tap water iontophoresis is gaining increasing significance as an effective and safe treatment in palmar and plantar hyperhidrosis. In hyperhidrosis axillaris, palmaris, or plantaris topical application of aluminum chloride solution is emphasized as an efficacious treatment modality. If it fails, axillary skin fields can be excised and hyperhidrosis of palms or soles can be treated with tap water iontophoresis.

  5. Quality of life before hyperhidrosis treatment as a predictive factor for oxybutynin treatment outcomes in palmar and axillary hyperhidrosis.

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    Wolosker, Nelson; Krutman, Mariana; Teivelis, Marcelo P; Campbell, Taiz P D A; Kauffman, Paulo; de Campos, José Ribas M; Puech-Leão, Pedro

    2014-05-01

    Studies have suggested that quality of life (QOL) evaluation before video-assisted thoracoscopic sympathectomy for patients with hyperhidrosis may serve as a predictive factor for positive postoperative outcomes. Our study aims to analyze if this tendency is also observed in patients treated with oxybutynin for palmar and axillary hyperhidrosis. Five hundred sixty-five patients who submitted to a protocol treatment with oxybutynin were retrospectively analyzed between January 2007 and January 2012 and were divided into 2 groups according to QOL assessment before treatment. The groups consisted of 176 patients with "poor" and 389 patients with "very poor" QOL evaluation before oxybutynin treatment. Outcomes involving improvements in QOL and clinical progression of hyperhidrosis were evaluated using a validated clinical questionnaire that was specifically designed to assess satisfaction in patients with excessive sweating. Improvements in hyperhidrosis after oxybutynin were observed in 65.5% of patients with very poor pretreatment QOL scores and in 75% of patients with poor pretreatment QOL scores, and the only adverse event associated with oxybutynin treatment was dry mouth, which was observed with greater intensity in patients with very poor initial QOL evaluation. Improvements in hyperhidrosis after oxybutynin treatment were similar in both groups, suggesting that QOL before treatment is not a predictive factor for clinical outcomes, contrasting with surgical results that disclose significantly better results in patients with initially poorer QOL analysis. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  6. Axillary hyperhidrosis: A review of the extent of the problem and treatment modalities.

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    Singh, Sanjay; Davis, Harriet; Wilson, Paul

    2015-10-01

    The purpose of this review is to summarize the extent of the problem of axillary hyperhidrosis and treatment modalities available. The benefits and disadvantages of various treatments are reflected on with the hope of providing a starting point to investigate new ways of treating hyperhidrosis. A literature search was conducted using various databases and search criteria. Current treatments include aluminium chloride antiperspirants, iontophoresis, botox injections and endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy. Botox therapy is usually the most effective treatment, without surgery or unpleasant side effects. However it has to be administered by a skilled clinician and involves around 20 injections to treat axillary hyperhidrosis. Other ways of giving Botox are being developed, the most promising one being the use of microneedles which are able to penetrate the skin and deliver drugs to the target area of the dermis without causing pain. In comparison to the temporary effects of microneedles, laser and microwave therapies are also assessed as they offer the hope of permanent relief from hyperhidrosis. There is a considerable dearth in the literature on the management of axillary hyperhidrosis. Further study in larger populations with longer follow up times is critical to access the long term effects of treatment. Microneedles could be the future treatment of choice with the potential to deliver drugs in a safe and pain free way. Copyright © 2015 Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (Scottish charity number SC005317) and Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  7. Treatment of compensatory hyperhidrosis of the trunk with radiofrequency ablation.

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    Deniz, Süleyman; Kavaklı, Kuthan; Çaylak, Hasan; Purtuloğlu, Tarık; Sapmaz, Ersin; İnangil, Gökhan; Atım, Abdulkadir; Gürkök, Sedat; Kurt, Ercan

    2015-01-01

    Although Endoscopic Thoracic Sympathectomy is a widely accepted treatment method for patients with palmar hyperhidrosis, compensatory hyperhidrosis of the trunk remains a challenging side effect of the procedure. No satisfactory treatment options for this side effect were available until now. In this study, we aimed to define a new procedure for the treatment of compensatory hyperhidrosis of the trunk. A total of 10 patients admitted our institution for the treatment of compensatory hyperhidrosis of the trunk were enrolled in the study between November 2010 and January 2012 in a prospective manner. Sympathetic blockage was achieved via radiofrequency thermo-ablation technique. The results of treatment were evaluated via telephone calls. Ten patients (2 females, 8 males) underwent radiofrequency thermo-ablation of T6 sympathetic ganglion for compensatory hyperhidrosis of the trunk. The mean age was 29.2 years and the median duration of symptom was 10.5 months. The median follow-up period was 14 months. Six of ten patients (60%) were treated successfully. There was no procedure related complication. The radiofrequency treatment for patients with compensatory hyperhidrosis of the trunk is an alternative option with promising results.

  8. Botulinum Toxin Treatment of Autonomic Disorders: Focal Hyperhidrosis and Sialorrhea.

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    Hosp, Christine; Naumann, Markus K; Hamm, Henning

    2016-02-01

    Primary focal hyperhidrosis is a common autonomic disorder that significantly impacts quality of life. It is characterized by excessive sweating confined to circumscribed areas, such as the axillae, palms, soles, and face. Less frequent types of focal hyperhidrosis secondary to underlying causes include gustatory sweating in Frey's syndrome and compensatory sweating in Ross' syndrome and after sympathectomy. Approval of onabotulinumtoxinA for severe primary axillary hyperhidrosis in 2004 has revolutionized the treatment of this indication. Meanwhile further type A botulinum neurotoxins like abobotulinumtoxinA and incobotulinumtoxinA, as well as the type B botulinum neurotoxin rimabotulinumtoxinB are successfully used off-label for axillary and various other types of focal hyperhidrosis. For unexplained reasons, the duration of effect differs considerably at different sites. Beside hyperhidrosis, botulinum neurotoxin is also highly valued for the treatment of sialorrhea affecting patients with Parkinson's disease, cerebral palsy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, motor neuron disease, and other neurologic conditions. With correct dosing and application, side effects are manageable and transient. Thieme Medical Publishers 333 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10001, USA.

  9. Comparison of Prophylactic Infusion of Phenylephrine with Ephedrine for Prevention of Hypotension in Elective Cesarean Section under Spinal Anesthesi: A Randomized Clinical Trial.

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    Moslemi, Farnaz; Rasooli, Sousan

    2015-01-01

    Spinal anesthesia is an accepted technique in elective cesarean sections. However, hypotension, resulted from sympathectomy is a common problem, especially in pregnant women. Prevention of this complication by sympathomimetic agents is of potential clinical significance. The aim of this study is to compare the effect of prophylactic infusion of Phenylephrine versus Ephedrine in the prevention of hypotension during spinal anesthesia in elective cesarean section. Eighty-three patients were enrolled in this study and randomly divided into three groups. Group Ph received phenylephrine infusion, group E received ephedrine infusion while group P were delivered placebo. Vital signs (blood pressure, heart rate, and arterial oxygen saturation) were recorded throughout the surgery. Maternal and neonatal perioperative complications were also controlled and recorded. There was an insignificant difference in demographic data between the groups. Systolic and diastolic blood pressures were higher in the phenylephrine group than control, but not higher than the ephedrine group. Maternal dysrhythmias were more common in ephedrine and phenylephrine groups than the control group. Vomiting was more common in ephedrine group (Pcomplication for mother or her fetus. IRCT2012120911700N1.

  10. Arrhythmogenic effect of sympathetic histamine in mouse hearts subjected to acute ischemia.

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    He, Gonghao; Hu, Jing; Li, Teng; Ma, Xue; Meng, Jingru; Jia, Min; Lu, Jun; Ohtsu, Hiroshi; Chen, Zhong; Luo, Xiaoxing

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    The role of histamine as a newly recognized sympathetic neurotransmitter has been presented previously, and its postsynaptic effects greatly depended on the activities of sympathetic nerves. Cardiac sympathetic nerves become overactivated under acute myocardial ischemic conditions and release neurotransmitters in large amounts, inducing ventricular arrhythmia. Therefore, it is proposed that cardiac sympathetic histamine, in addition to norepinephrine, may have a significant arrhythmogenic effect. To test this hypothesis, we observed the release of cardiac sympathetic histamine and associated ventricular arrhythmogenesis that was induced by acute ischemia in isolated mouse hearts. Mast cell-deficient mice (MCDM) and histidine decarboxylase knockout (HDC(-/-)) mice were used to exclude the potential involvement of mast cells. Electrical field stimulation and acute ischemia-reperfusion evoked chemical sympathectomy-sensitive histamine release from the hearts of both MCDM and wild-type (WT) mice but not from HDC(-/-) mice. The release of histamine from the hearts of MCDM and WT mice was associated with the development of acute ischemia-induced ventricular tachycardia and ventricular fibrillation. The incidence and duration of induced ventricular arrhythmias were found to decrease in the presence of the selective histamine H(2) receptor antagonist famotidine. Additionally, the released histamine facilitated the arrhythmogenic effect of simultaneously released norepinephrine. We conclude that, under acute ischemic conditions, cardiac sympathetic histamine released by overactive sympathetic nerve terminals plays a certain arrhythmogenic role via H(2) receptors. These findings provided novel insight into the pathophysiological roles of sympathetic histamine, which may be a new therapeutic target for acute ischemia-induced arrhythmias.

  11. Comparison of Prophylactic Infusion of Phenylephrine with Ephedrine for Prevention of Hypotension in Elective Cesarean Section under Spinal Anesthesi: A Randomized Clinical Trial

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    Full Text Available Background: Spinal anesthesia is an accepted technique in elective cesarean sections. However, hypotension, resulted from sympathectomy is a common problem, especially in pregnant women. Prevention of this complication by sympathomimetic agents is of potential clinical significance. The aim of this study is to compare the effect of prophylactic infusion of Phenylephrine versus Ephedrine in the prevention of hypotension during spinal anesthesia in elective cesarean section. Methods: Eighty-three patients were enrolled in this study and randomly divided into three groups. Group Ph received phenylephrine infusion, group E received ephedrine infusion while group P were delivered placebo. Vital signs (blood pressure, heart rate, and arterial oxygen saturation were recorded throughout the surgery. Maternal and neonatal perioperative complications were also controlled and recorded. Results: There was an insignificant difference in demographic data between the groups. Systolic and diastolic blood pressures were higher in the phenylephrine group than control, but not higher than the ephedrine group. Maternal dysrhythmias were more common in ephedrine and phenylephrine groups than the control group. Vomiting was more common in ephedrine group (P<0.05. In addition, the fifth-minute Apgar score of neonates was higher in phenylephrine and ephedrine groups than the control group (P<0.05. Neonates of phenylephrine group had less acidosis than the other groups. Conclusion: Prophylactic infusion of phenylephrine can effectively decrease spinal anesthesia related hypotension without any significant complication for mother or her fetus. Trial Registration Number: IRCT2012120911700N1

  12. Raynaud's Syndrome: a neglected disease.

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    Poredos, Pavel; Poredos, Peter

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    Raynaud's Syndrome is a frequent manifestation of digital ischemia which occurs or is aggravated upon exposure to cold temperatures or emotional distress. Primary Raynaud is a benign disease which predominantly affects younger women and is transient without serious sequelae. In contrast, secondary Raynaud is usually one of the manifestations of systemic disease and is, in addition to symptoms of the basic disease, associated with ischemic lesions. The diagnosis of primary Raynaud is mostly based on the clinical presentation. In secondary Raynaud, additional investigating techniques including imaging investigations and laboratory tests for the detection of underline disease are needed. Treatment is based on lifestyle modification, which includes smoking cessation, avoiding low outside temperatures, avoiding the use of vibrating tools and limiting repeated hand actions. Drug treatment consists of calcium-channel blockers, nitroglycerine ointments, prostacyclins and various new drugs such as endothelin receptor antagonists, phosphodiesterase inhibitors and serotonin receptor antagonists. Most of these drugs are effective in less than 50% of treated patients and do not completely abolish vasospastic attacks, but reduce the severity and frequency of attacks. The prostacyclin derivate iloprost is the most promising drug in the management of secondary Raynaud's disease. Other therapeutic procedures including chemical or surgical sympathectomy are obsolete and without any long-term positive effects.

  13. Possible role of afferent autonomic signals in abdominal organs in anorexic and cardiovascular responses to nicotine injection in rats.

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    Yagi, Shintaro; Tanida, Mamoru; Satomi, Jun

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    Smoking generally causes an increase in nicotine levels in the blood, affecting the brain components, such as the hypothalamus (feeding-related area) or the brain stem (cardiovascular control area). In terms of nicotine transmission to the brain, a new insight that the afferent vagal nerve in the liver is important for sensing increased nicotine levels in the blood and informing the brain was reported in an experiment with rats. However, it has not been clarified whether the afferent autonomic nerve system is implicated in feeding and cardiovascular responses to nicotine. Here, we examined the possible role of afferent autonomic nerve transmission in rats in regulating feeding behavior and cardiovascular functions by nicotine. An intravenous injection of nicotine dose dependently increased the blood pressure (BP) in urethane-anesthetized rats; high nicotine doses also led to an increase in BP in conscious rats. Further, an intravenous injection of nicotine for 3 days reduced food intake and body weight gain in rats. The weight-reducing action of intravenous nicotine was abolished by blocking the afferent sympathetic signals in the abdominal organs, but not the vagal nerve signals. Moreover, the hypertensive action of nicotine was not abolished either by afferent sympathectomy or by vagotomy. Thus, these data suggest that nicotine injected into the vein acts on the afferent sympathetic nerve in the abdominal organs and transmits signals to the brain for reducing body weight, but not for suppressing appetite or increasing BP.

  14. Tonic dystonia: an uncommon complication of reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome. A review of five cases.

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    Morelet, Aude; Gagneux-Lemoussu, Laurence; Brochot, Pascal; Ackah-Miezan, Stanley; Colmet-Daage, Jean-François; Gaillard, François; Boyer, François; Eschard, Jean-Paul; Etienne, Jean-Claude

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    Tonic dystonia is an underrecognized complication of reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome (RSDS) characterized by an increase in muscle tone at the site of injury. Case-reports.- We describe five cases of tonic dystonia complicating RSDS of the lower extremity. There were four women and one man, with a mean age of 52 years. In addition to the typical features of RSDS, the patients had fixed equinovarus of the foot with hyperextension or hyperflexion of the great toe. In two patients, examination after spinal anesthesia showed that the deformity was reducible. Spontaneous resolution of the dystonia occurred in one patient. Another patient failed to experience meaningful improvement after a motor block followed by botulinic toxin injections. In two patients, the same treatment was followed by a slight improvement. Treatment options are still being evaluated in the last patient. Discussion.- Tonic dystonia is an underrecognized complication of RSDS that often develops after a minor injury yet causes prolonged pain and disability. Spread of the dystonia to other sites is not infrequent. The underlying mechanisms remain unclear but may involve dysfunction of the central or peripheral nervous system or psychogenic factors. Suggested treatments include motor block, intrathecal baclofen, sympathetic block, and sympathectomy. However, none of these treatments has been proved effective. Conclusion.- The five cases described here provide useful information on RSDS-associated tonic dystonia, a condition that runs a protracted course and remains difficult to manage.

  15. Relationship between three phase bone scintigram and prognosis after sympathetic blockade in reflex sympathetic dystrophy of the hand

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    The authors attempted to correlate the changes in three phase bone scintigram (TPBS) with prognosis after sympathetic blockade in reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD) of the hand. Subjects were 12 patients of RSD in acute or dystrophic stage, who all had increased images on TPBS. Either intravenous regional sympathectomy with guanethidine or stellate ganglion block was performed repeatedly. We compared TPBS obtained just before and after this series of sympathetic blocks and evaluated the eventual recovery of function of the hand. In 8 patients, blood flow (phase 1) image of TPBS decreased after the blockade. Of these patients, those who showed almost normalized tracer activity not only on flow image but on blood pool (phase 2) and delayed (phase 3) image, returned to normal. But others with normalized blood flow and still increased activity in blood pool and delayed image, remained with mild contracture of the hand. These results suggest that normalization of blood pool and delayed image on TPBS is a predictor of subsequent recovery after sympathetic blockade in RSD. (author).

  16. Evaluation of Chronic Physical and Psychological Stress Induction on Cardiac Ischemia / Reperfusion Injuries in Isolated Male Rat Heart: The Role of Sympathetic Nervous System.

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    Rakhshan, Kamran; Imani, Alireza; Faghihi, Mahdieh; Nabavizadeh, Fatemeh; Golnazari, Masoumeh; Karimian, SeyedMorteza

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    Exposure to stress leads to physiological changes called "stress response" which are the result of the changes in the adrenomedullary hormone system, hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) and sympathetic nervous system (SNS) activity. In the present study, the effects of chronic physical and psychological stress and also the role of sympathetic system effects in stress on ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injuries have been studied in isolated rat heart. Rat heart was isolated and subjected to 30 min regional ischemia and 120 min reperfusion. The daily stress was induced for one week prior to I/R induction. Sympathectomy was done chemically by injection of hydroxyl-dopamine prior to stress induction. There were no significant changes in heart rate and Coronary Flow between groups. Left ventricular developed pressure (LVDP) and rate product pressure (RPP) in both physical and psychological stress groups decreased significantly compared to those in control group (Ppsychological stress groups. Infarct size significantly increased in both physical and psychological stress groups and control group(Pstress led to the elimination of the deleterious effects of stress as compared with stress groups (Ppsychological stress prior to ischemia/reperfusion causes enhancement of myocardial injuries and it seems that increased sympathetic activity in response to stress is responsible for these adverse effects of stress on ischemic/reperfused heart.

  17. Sympathetic denervation of one white fat depot changes norepinephrine content and turnover in intact white and brown fat depots

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    Harris, Ruth B.S.

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    It is well established that the sympathetic nervous system regulates adipocyte metabolism and recently it has been reported that sensory afferents from white fat overlap anatomically with sympathetic efferents to white fat. The studies described here characterize the response of intact fat pads to selective sympathectomy (local 6-hydroxydopamine injections) of inguinal (ING) or epididymal (EPI) fat in male NIH Swiss mice and provide in vivo evidence for communication between individual white and brown fat depots. The contralateral ING pad, both EPI pads, perirenal and mesenteric pads were significantly enlarged four weeks after denervating one ING pad, but only intrascapular brown fat (IBAT) increased when both ING pads were denervated. Denervation of one or both EPI pad had no effect on fat depot weights. In an additional experiment, NE turnover was inhibited in ING, retroperitoneal, mesenteric and IBAT two days after denervation of both EPI or of both ING pads. NE content was reduced to 10-30% of control values in all fat depots. There was no relation between early changes in NE turnover and fat pad weight 4 weeks after denervation, even though the reduction in NE content of intact fat pads was maintained. These data demonstrate that there is communication among individual fat pads, presumably through central integration of activity of sensory afferent and sympathetic efferent fibers,that changes sympathetic drive to white adipose tissue in a unified manner. In specific situations, removal of sympathetic efferents to one pad induces a compensatory enlargement of other intact depots. PMID:22513494

  18. Baroreflex activation in conscious rats modulates the joint inflammatory response via sympathetic function.

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    Bassi, Gabriel S; Brognara, Fernanda; Castania, Jaci A; Talbot, Jhimmy; Cunha, Thiago M; Cunha, Fernando Q; Ulloa, Luis; Kanashiro, Alexandre; Dias, Daniel P Martins; Salgado, Helio C

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    The baroreflex is a critical physiological mechanism controlling cardiovascular function by modulating both the sympathetic and parasympathetic activities. Here, we report that electrical activation of the baroreflex attenuates joint inflammation in experimental arthritis induced by the administration of zymosan into the femorotibial cavity. Baroreflex activation combined with lumbar sympathectomy, adrenalectomy, celiac subdiaphragmatic vagotomy or splenectomy dissected the mechanisms involved in the inflammatory modulation, highlighting the role played by sympathetic inhibition in the attenuation of joint inflammation. From the immunological standpoint, baroreflex activation attenuates neutrophil migration and the synovial levels of inflammatory cytokines including TNF, IL-1β and IL-6, but does not affect the levels of the anti-inflammatory cytokine IL-10. The anti-inflammatory effects of the baroreflex system are not mediated by IL-10, the vagus nerve, adrenal glands or the spleen, but by the inhibition of the sympathetic drive to the knee. These results reveal a novel physiological neuronal network controlling peripheral local inflammation. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  19. Management of hyperhidrosis

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    Full Text Available Anna-Bianca Stashak,1 Jerry D Brewer2 1Internal Medicine Residency Program, Loma Linda University Medical Center, Loma Linda, CA, USA; 2Division of Dermatologic Surgery, Department of Dermatology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA Abstract: Primary hyperhidrosis (HH, a condition of sweating in excess of thermoregulatory requirements, affects nearly 3% of the US population and carries significant emotional and psychosocial implications. Unlike secondary HH, primary HH is not associated with an identifiable underlying pathology. Our limited understanding of the precise pathophysiologic mechanism for HH makes its treatment particularly frustrating. However, a wide array of interventions for the treatment of HH have been implemented throughout the world. Herein, we discuss the most extensively studied therapeutic options for primary HH, including systemic oxybutynin, botulinum toxin injections, skin excision, liposuction–curettage, and sympathotomy/sympathectomy. We conclude with a discussion of possible future therapies for HH, including the applications of laser, microwave, and ultrasound technologies. Keywords: primary hyperhidrosis, secondary hyperhidrosis, eccrine ducts, botulinum toxin, surgery, laser

  20. Successful treatment of Raynaud's syndrome in a lupus patient with continuous bilateral popliteal sciatic nerve blocks: a case report

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    Full Text Available Thuan Dao,1 David Amaro-Driedger,2 Jaideep Mehta,1 1Department of Anesthesiology, 2McGovern Medical School, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Houston, TX, USA Abstract: Raynaud’s syndrome has been treated medically and invasively, sometimes with regional anesthesia leading up to sympathectomy. We demonstrate that regional anesthesia was in this case a useful technique that can allow some patients to find temporary but significant relief from symptoms of Raynaud's syndrome exacerbation. We present a 43-year-old woman with Raynaud’s syndrome secondary to lupus who was treated with bilateral popliteal nerve block catheters for ischemic pain and necrosis of her feet; this led to almost immediate resolution of her pain and return of color and function of her feet. While medical management should continue to be a front-line treatment for Raynaud’s syndrome, regional anesthesia can be useful in providing rapid dissipation of symptoms and may thus serve as a viable option for short-term management of this syndrome. Keywords: Peripheral nerve block, lupus, ischemic pain, regional anesthesia

  1. Surgical treatment of chronic occlusive in peripheral arteries (Review of 100 cases

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    slight deterioration during follow up, after femoro-popliteal operations the rate of early success rapidly declined. Aotrto-iliac stenosis is a more promising situation for reconstruction. Either grafting or endarterectomy is available. We abondon endarterectomy in small arteres below the popliteal arteries to avoid reobstruction due to thrombosis. We agree that sympathectomy should be performed at the time of trophic changes in the skin of the foot, and for early gangrene, we remove the third and fourth lumbar ganglia. This operation should increase the circulation to the skin below the knee. We do not recommend sympathectomy as the treatment for claudication. 3- Apart from the data derived from our group, patients gave us the following information. a - many patients come from the northern part of Iran which has a Medite ranean climate . . b - None of them had a hight cholesterol level. c - Only one patient had high blood pressure. d - Half of the patients had occlusion below the popliteal arteries Cmostely Buerger type in character and femoro popliteal obstruction which were segmental occlusion or iliac arteries.

  2. Results of Surgical Treatment of Patients with Critical Limb Ischemia and Stenotic Lesions of the Brachiocephalic Arteries

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    Full Text Available The aim of our study was to evaluate the results of the surgical treatment for patients with critical limb ischemia (CLI and stenotic lesions of the brachiocephalic arteries. Methods and Results: We examined 72 patients (68/87.2% men and 4/7.3% women aged from 46 to 78 years (mean age, 62.2±4.3 years with CLI and stenotic lesions of the brachiocephalic arteries. Conservative treatment was performed in 17(23.6% patients and surgical treatment in 55(76.4%. It has been carried out 73 surgical operations: femoral popliteal bypass (5/6.8%, lumbar sympathectomy (4/5.5%, thrombectomy of occluded aortofemoral graft (2/2.7%, limb amputation (4/5.5%, iliofemoral bypass (4/5.5%, aortofemoral bifurcation bypass (10/13.1%, endovascular surgery (1/1.6%, limb amputation at thigh level - 4(5.5%, thrombectomy of occluded distal arteries (4/5.5%, femoro-femoral cross-over bypass (1/1.6%, resection of popliteal artery aneurysm and prosthesis of the popliteal artery (1/1.6%, semi-closed loop endarterectomy of occluded arteries of the lower limbs (8/10.9%, carotid endarterectomy (23/31.5%, and carotid-subclavian bypass (2/2.7%. After the surgical intervention, we observed the disappearance or reduction of pain, restoration of sensitivity and motor activity, and healing of trophic ulcers in 75% of patients. In the late postoperative period, we detected the progression of limb ischemia in 4(5.5% patients; in connection with that, we performed limb amputation at thigh level. Ischemic stroke with a lethal outcome developed in one patient (1.4%. Conclusion: In patients with multifocal atherosclerosis, multilevel reconstructive surgical interventions must be performed in stages, due to the high operational risk, and risk of complications, secondary amputations and lethality in the postoperative period.

  3. Congenital long QT syndrome in children

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    Full Text Available Long QT syndrome (LQTS is a cardiac repolarization disorder characterized by prolonged QT interval on the electrocardiogram (ECG and increased propensity to ventricular tachyarrhythmias and cardiac events. LQTS might be acquired or congenital, which presents a group of channelopathies that occur due to mutation in one of 15 so far identified genes. The most frequent types of congenital LTQS are LQT1, LQT2 and LQT3. Prolonged or delayed repolarization leads to the increase of action potential duration which predisposes early afterdepolarization, as well as the amplification of transmural dispersion of repolarization, both contributing to the development of Torsades de Pointes ventricular tachycardia. Clinical manifestations of LQTS are palpitations, syncope, aborted cardiac arrest or sudden cardiac death, but it can also be asymptomatic. Trigger factors for symptoms are specific for certain genotype. LQTS examination includes thorough clinical and family history focused on distinctive data (repeated syncopes, cases of sudden cardiac death in the family, hereditary arrhythmias, resting ECG, exercise stress testing and genetic analysis, with additional methods (serial ECG records, 24h ECG Holter, epinephrine test. Clinical LQTS diagnosis is based on Schwartz's scoring system, while the criteria for final diagnosis of LQTS depend on Schwartz's score, QT interval duration, presence of pathogenic mutation and clinical symptoms. Treatment approach begins with lifestyle modifications and β-blockers therapy, while other options include implantable cardioverter- defibrillator, permanent pacemaker or surgical sympathectomy. Sudden cardiac death is the reason of 90% of sudden deaths in young athletes, while LQTS is one of its causes. Recommendations for physical activities in children with congenital LQTS arise from the ones for adults and they presume very strict limitations. Further researches are expected to advance the understanding of genotype

  4. Neural Mechanisms and Delayed Gastric Emptying of Liquid Induced Through Acute Myocardial Infarction in Rats

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    Nunez, Wilson Ranu Ramirez; Ozaki, Michiko Regina; Vinagre, Adriana Mendes; Collares, Edgard Ferro; Almeida, Eros Antonio de, E-mail: erosaa@cardiol.br [Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Campinas, SP (Brazil)

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    In pathological situations, such as acute myocardial infarction, disorders of motility of the proximal gut can trigger symptoms like nausea and vomiting. Acute myocardial infarction delays gastric emptying (GE) of liquid in rats. Investigate the involvement of the vagus nerve, α 1-adrenoceptors, central nervous system GABA{sub B} receptors and also participation of paraventricular nucleus (PVN) of the hypothalamus in GE and gastric compliance (GC) in infarcted rats. Wistar rats, N = 8-15 in each group, were divided as INF group and sham (SH) group and subdivided. The infarction was performed through ligation of the left anterior descending coronary artery. GC was estimated with pressure-volume curves. Vagotomy was performed by sectioning the dorsal and ventral branches. To verify the action of GABA{sub B} receptors, baclofen was injected via icv (intracerebroventricular). Intravenous prazosin was used to produce chemical sympathectomy. The lesion in the PVN of the hypothalamus was performed using a 1mA/10s electrical current and GE was determined by measuring the percentage of gastric retention (% GR) of a saline meal. No significant differences were observed regarding GC between groups; vagotomy significantly reduced % GR in INF group; icv treatment with baclofen significantly reduced %GR. GABA{sub B} receptors were not conclusively involved in delaying GE; intravenous treatment with prazosin significantly reduced GR% in INF group. PVN lesion abolished the effect of myocardial infarction on GE. Gastric emptying of liquids induced through acute myocardial infarction in rats showed the involvement of the vagus nerve, alpha1- adrenergic receptors and PVN.

  5. Vascular branches from cutaneous nerve of the forearm and hand: application to better understanding raynaud's disease.

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    Umemoto, K; Ohmichi, M; Ohmichi, Y; Yakura, T; Hammer, N; Mizuno, D; Naito, M; Nakano, T

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    Cutaneous nerves have branches called vascular branches (VBs) that reach arteries. VBs are thought to be involved in arterial constriction, and this is the rationale for periarterial sympathectomy as a treatment option for Raynaud's disease. However, the branching patterns and distribution areas of the VBs remain largely unclear. The aim of the present study was to investigate the anatomical structures of the VBs of the cutaneous nerves. Forty hands and forearms were examined to assess the branching patterns and distribution areas of the VBs of the superficial branch of the radial nerve (SBRN), the lateral antebrachial cutaneous nerve (LACN), the medial antebrachial cutaneous nerve (MACN), and the palmar cutaneous branch of the ulnar nerve (PCUN). VBs reaching the radial and ulnar arteries were observed in all specimens. The branching patterns were classified into six types. The mean distance between the radial styloid process and the point where the VBs reached the radial artery was 34.3 ± 4.8 mm in the SBRN and 38.5 ± 15.8 mm in the LACN. The mean distance between the ulnar styloid process and the point where the VBs reached the ulnar artery was 60.3 ± 25.9 mm in the MACN and 43.8 ± 26.0 mm in the PCUN. This study showed that the VBs of the cutaneous nerves have diverse branching patterns. The VBs of the SBRN had a more limited distribution areas than those of the other nerves. Clin. Anat., 2017. © 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. © 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  6. Management of Raynaud's Phenomenon in the Patient with Connective Tissue Disease.

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    Chatterjee, Soumya

    2010-04-01

    Raynaud's phenomenon is characterized by intense vasospasm of digital arteries on cold exposure or with emotional stress, leading to well-defined color changes of digital skin. It may be primary (Raynaud's disease) or secondary to an underlying condition, including autoimmune rheumatic diseases. Although Raynaud's disease is predominantly a vasospastic condition, Raynaud's phenomenon in connective tissue diseases often is a result of an underlying vaso-occlusive process. As a result, the manifestations are more severe and persistent and often warrant pharmacologic therapy. Dihydropyridine calcium channel blockers are by far the most commonly studied and prescribed class of agents for the treatment of Raynaud's phenomenon. There is some evidence for the efficacy of other classes of drugs, such as topical nitrates, α-antagonists, angiotensin receptor blockers, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, and pentoxifylline. However, the data on the efficacy of these agents are not as convincing, and they are not proven to be more effective than calcium channel blockers. Hence, their place in the therapy of Raynaud's phenomenon is limited to patients who fail to respond adequately to or are unable to tolerate calcium channel blockers. More expensive second-line agents, such as phosphodiesterase-5 inhibitors, endothelin receptor antagonists, and intravenous prostanoids, are reserved for refractory cases of secondary Raynaud's phenomenon with severe digital ischemia leading to ulceration or gangrene. These drugs may be used in isolation or as adjunct therapy to the first-line agents. Chemical and/or surgical sympathectomy may be considered if sympathetically driven digital ischemia is severe and resistant to pharmacologic intervention. These procedures may temporarily reverse the digital ischemia and help tide over the crisis, whereas the improvement thus achieved can be maintained by continuing medical therapy. In cases of ischemic digital ulceration, it is important to

  7. Surgical Interventions for Organ and Limb Ischemia Associated With Primary and Secondary Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome With Arterial Involvement.

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    Hinojosa, Carlos A; Anaya-Ayala, Javier E; Bermudez-Serrato, Karla; García-Alva, Ramón; Laparra-Escareno, Hugo; Torres-Machorro, Adriana; Lizola, Rene

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    The association of antiphospholipid antibody syndrome (APS) and hypercoagulability is well known. Arterial compromise leading to ischemia of organs and/or limbs in patients with APS is uncommon, frequently unrecognized, and rarely described. We evaluated our institutional experience. Retrospective review was conducted. From August 2007 to September 2016, 807 patients with diagnosis of APS were managed in our Institution. Patients with primary and secondary APS who required interventions were examined. Demographics, comorbidities, manifestations, procedures, complications, and other factors affecting outcomes were recorded. Fourteen patients (mean age 35 years old, standard deviation ±14) were evaluated and treated by our service. Six (43%) of them had primary APS and 8 (57%) had secondary APS; 11 (79%) were female. Two (14%) experienced distal aorta and iliac arteries involvement, 3 (21%) visceral vessels disease, 2 (14%) in upper and 7 (50%) in the lower extremity vasculatures. Thirteen (93%) patients underwent direct open revascularization and 1 with hand ischemia (Raynaud disease) underwent sympathectomy. During the mean follow-up period of 48 months, reinterventions included a revision of the proximal anastomosis of an aortobifemoral bypass graft, 1 (7%) abdominal exploration for bleeding, 1 (7%) graft thrombectomy, and 4 (29%) amputations (2 below the knee, 1 above the knee, and 1 transmetatarsal). One (7%) death occurred secondary to sepsis in a patient who had acute mesenteric ischemia. Significant differences in clinical manifestations and outcomes were not observed among patients with primary and secondary APS. All patients remained on systemic anticoagulation. APS is a prothrombotic disorder that may lead to arterial involvement with less frequency than the venous circulation but has significant morbidity and limb loss rate. Arterial reconstruction seems feasible in an attempt to salvage organs and limbs; however, research is necessary to establish the

  8. TARGETED STELLATE DECENTRALIZATION: IMPLICATIONS FOR SYMPATHETIC CONTROL OF VENTRICULAR ELECTROPHYSIOLOGY

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    Buckley, Una; Yamakawa, Kentaro; Takamiya, Tatsuo; Armour, J. Andrew; Shivkumar, Kalyanam; Ardell, Jeffrey L.

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    Background Selective, bilateral cervicothoracic sympathectomy has proven to be effective for managing ventricular arrhythmias in the setting of structural heart disease. The procedure currently employed removes the caudal portions of both stellate ganglia, along with thoracic chain ganglia down to T4 ganglia. Objective To define the relative contributions of T1-T2 and the T3-T4 paravertebral ganglia in modulating ventricular electrical function. Methods In anesthetized vagotomised porcine subjects (n=8), the heart was exposed via sternotomy along with right and left paravertebral sympathetic ganglia to the T4 level. A 56-electrode epicardial sock was placed over both ventricles to assess epicardial activation recovery intervals (ARI) in response to individually stimulating right and left stellate vs T3 paravertebral ganglia. Responses to T3 stimuli were repeated following surgical removal of the caudal portions of stellate ganglia and T2 bilaterally. Results In intact preparations, stellate ganglion vs T3 stimuli (4Hz, 4ms duration) were titrated to produce equivalent decreases in global ventricular ARIs (right-side 85±6 vs 55±10 ms; left-side 24±3 vs 17±7 ms). Threshold of stimulus intensity applied to T3 ganglia to achieve threshold was 3 times that of T1 threshold. ARIs in unstimulated states were unaffected by bilateral stellate-T2 ganglion removal. Following acute decentralization, T3 stimulation failed to change ARIs. Conclusion Preganglionic sympathetic efferents arising from the T1-T4 spinal cord that project to the heart transit through stellate ganglia via the paravertebral chain. T1-T2 surgical excision is thus sufficient to functionally interrupt central control of peripheral sympathetic efferent activity. PMID:26282244

  9. Role of surgical thoracic sympathetic interruption in treatment of facial blushing: a systematic review.

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    Girish, Girish; D'souza, Rovan E; D'souza, Preethy; Lewis, Melissa G; Baker, Daryll M

    2017-03-01

    This paper aims to review the evidence to support the effectiveness of sympathectomy as a treatment for facial blushing in terms of relief of facial blushing, patient satisfaction, recurrence of blushing, patients regretting treatment and its associated complications. A systematic search strategy was performed in Ovid-Medline, Embase, Cochrane library and NICE. Studies reporting outcomes of sympathetic interruption in the treatment of facial blushing were retrieved. Nine studies met the inclusion criteria with 1369 patients included in the final analysis. The age range of patients was 8 to 74 years (from 7 studies) with 56% females. Mean follow up was 21 months in 8 studies (range 6 to 30 months). The pooled proportion of patients who had good relief of facial blushing was 78.30% (95% C.I. 58.20% - 98.39%). Complete satisfaction was reported in 84.02% (95% C.I. 71.71% - 96.33%). Compensatory sweating and gustatory sweating were the commonest complications occurring in 74.18% (95% C.I. 58.10% - 90.26%) and 24.42% (95% C.I. 12.22% - 36.61%) respectively. The estimated proportion of patients regretting surgery was 6.79% (C.I 2.08% 11.50%). Sympathetic interruption at T2 or T2-3 ganglia appears to be an effective treatment for facial blushing. However, lack of randomized trials comparing sympathetic interruption with non-surgical methods of treatment and heterogeneity of included studies with respect to assessment of outcome measures preclude strong evidence and definitive recommendations.

  10. Enhanced sympathetic nerve activity induced by neonatal colon inflammation induces gastric hypersensitivity and anxiety-like behavior in adult rats.

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    Winston, John H; Sarna, Sushil K

    2016-07-01

    Gastric hypersensitivity (GHS) and anxiety are prevalent in functional dyspepsia patients; their underlying mechanisms remain unknown largely because of lack of availability of live visceral tissues from human subjects. Recently, we demonstrated in a preclinical model that rats subjected to neonatal colon inflammation show increased basal plasma norepinephrine (NE), which contributes to GHS through the upregulation of nerve growth factor (NGF) expression in the gastric fundus. We tested the hypothesis that neonatal colon inflammation increases anxiety-like behavior and sympathetic nervous system activity, which upregulates the expression of NGF to induce GHS in adult life. Chemical sympathectomy, but not adrenalectomy, suppressed the elevated NGF expression in the fundus muscularis externa and GHS. The measurement of heart rate variability showed a significant increase in the low frequency-to-high frequency ratio in GHS vs. the control rats. Stimulus-evoked release of NE from the fundus muscularis externa strips was significantly greater in GHS than in the control rats. Tyrosine hydroxylase expression was increased in the celiac ganglia of the GHS vs. the control rats. We found an increase in trait but not stress-induced anxiety-like behavior in GHS rats in an elevated plus maze. We concluded that neonatal programming triggered by colon inflammation upregulates tyrosine hydroxylase in the celiac ganglia, which upregulates the release of NE in the gastric fundus muscularis externa. The increase of NE release from the sympathetic nerve terminals concentration dependently upregulates NGF, which proportionately increases the visceromotor response to gastric distention. Neonatal programming concurrently increases anxiety-like behavior in GHS rats. Copyright © 2016 the American Physiological Society.

  11. Long-term results of oxybutynin use in treating facial hyperhidrosis*

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    Wolosker, Nelson; Teivelis, Marcelo Passos; Krutman, Mariana; Campbell, Taiz Pereira Dozono de Almeida; Kauffman, Paulo; de Campos, José Ribas; Puech-Leão, Pedro

    2014-01-01

    BACKGROUND Facial hyperhidrosis can lead to serious emotional distress. Video-assisted thoracic sympathectomy resolves symptoms effectively, though it may be associated with compensatory hyperhidrosis, which may be more common in patients undergoing resection of the second thoracic ganglion. Oxybutynin has been used as a pharmacological approach to facial hyperhidrosis but the long-term results of this treatment are unclear. OBJECTIVE To evaluate the use of low oxybutynin doses in facial hyperhidrosis patients for at least six months. METHODS 61 patients were monitored for over six months and assessed according to the following variables: impact of hyperhidrosis on quality of life (QOL) before treatment and after six weeks, evolution of facial hyperhidrosis after six weeks and at the last consultation, complaints of dry mouth after six weeks and on last return visit, and improvement at other hyperhidrosis sites. RESULTS Patients were monitored for 6 to 61 months (median=17 months). Thirty-six (59%) were female. Age ranged from 17-74 (median:45). Pre-treatment QOL was poor/very poor in 96.72%. After six weeks, 100% of patients improved QOL. Comparing results after six weeks and on the last visit, 91.8% of patients maintained the same category of improvement in facial hyperhidrosis, 3.3% worsened and 4.9% improved. Dry mouth complaints were common but not consistent throughout treatment. More than 90% of patients presented moderate/great improvement at other hyperhidrosis sites. CONCLUSION Patients who had a good initial response to treatment maintained a good response long-term, did not display tachiphylaxis and experienced improvement on other hyperhidrosis sites. PMID:25387496

  12. Long-term results of oxybutynin use in treating facial hyperhidrosis.

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    Wolosker, Nelson; Teivelis, Marcelo Passos; Krutman, Mariana; Campbell, Taiz Pereira Dozono de Almeida; Kauffman, Paulo; Campos, José Ribas de; Puech-Leão, Pedro

    2014-01-01

    Facial hyperhidrosis can lead to serious emotional distress. Video-assisted thoracic sympathectomy resolves symptoms effectively, though it may be associated with compensatory hyperhidrosis, which may be more common in patients undergoing resection of the second thoracic ganglion. Oxybutynin has been used as a pharmacological approach to facial hyperhidrosis but the long-term results of this treatment are unclear. To evaluate the use of low oxybutynin doses in facial hyperhidrosis patients for at least six months. 61 patients were monitored for over six months and assessed according to the following variables: impact of hyperhidrosis on quality of life (QOL) before treatment and after six weeks, evolution of facial hyperhidrosis after six weeks and at the last consultation, complaints of dry mouth after six weeks and on last return visit, and improvement at other hyperhidrosis sites. Patients were monitored for 6 to 61 months (median=17 months). Thirty-six (59%) were female. Age ranged from 17-74 (median:45). Pre-treatment QOL was poor/very poor in 96.72%. After six weeks, 100% of patients improved QOL. Comparing results after six weeks and on the last visit, 91.8% of patients maintained the same category of improvement in facial hyperhidrosis, 3.3% worsened and 4.9% improved. Dry mouth complaints were common but not consistent throughout treatment. More than 90% of patients presented moderate/great improvement at other hyperhidrosis sites. Patients who had a good initial response to treatment maintained a good response long-term, did not display tachiphylaxis and experienced improvement on other hyperhidrosis sites.

  13. Raynaud's phenomenon.

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    Hughes, Michael; Herrick, Ariane L

    2016-02-01

    Raynaud's phenomenon (RP) is a major cause of pain and disability in patients with autoimmune connective tissue diseases (CTDs), particularly systemic sclerosis (SSc). The clinician must perform a comprehensive clinical assessment in patients with RP to differentiate between primary (idiopathic) and secondary RP, in particular (for rheumatologists), secondary to an autoimmune CTD, as both the prognosis and treatment may differ significantly. Key investigations are nailfold capillaroscopy and testing for autoantibodies (in particular, those associated with SSc). Patients with RP and either abnormal nailfold capillaroscopy or an SSc-specific antibody (and especially with both) have a high risk of transitioning to an autoimmune CTD. Both nailfold capillaroscopy and autoantibody specificity may help the clinician in predicting organ-based complications. The management of CTD-associated RP requires a multifaceted approach to treatment, including patient education and conservative ('non-drug') measures. Patients with CTD-associated RP often require pharmacological treatment, which in the first instance is usually a calcium channel blocker, although other agents can be used. There is an increasing tendency to use phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitors early in the treatment of CTD-associated RP. Oral therapies are commonly associated with side effects (often due to systemic vasodilation) that may result in failure of dose escalation and/or permanent discontinuation. Intravenous prostanoid therapy and surgery (e.g., botulinum toxin injection and digital sympathectomy) can be considered in severe RP. Patients with CTD-associated RP can develop a number of ischaemic digital complications (primarily ulcers and critical ischaemia), which may be associated with significant tissue loss. Future research is required to increase the understanding of the pathogenesis and natural history of RP (to drive therapeutic advances), and to explore/develop drug therapies, including those that

  14. Role of the autonomic nervous system in rat liver regeneration.

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    Xu, Cunshuan; Zhang, Xinsheng; Wang, Gaiping; Chang, Cuifang; Zhang, Lianxing; Cheng, Qiuyan; Lu, Ailing

    2011-05-01

    To study the regulatory role of autonomic nervous system in rat regenerating liver, surgical operations of rat partial hepatectomy (PH) and its operation control (OC), sympathectomy combining partial hepatectomy (SPH), vagotomy combining partial hepatectomy (VPH), and total liver denervation combining partial hepatectomy (TDPH) were performed, then expression profiles of regenerating livers at 2 h after operation were detected using Rat Genome 230 2.0 array. It was shown that the expressions of 97 genes in OC, 230 genes in PH, 253 genes in SPH, 187 genes in VPH, and 177 genes in TDPH were significantly changed in biology. The relevance analysis showed that in SPH, genes involved in stimulus response, immunity response, amino acids and K(+) transport, amino acid catabolism, cell adhesion, cell proliferation mediated by JAK-STAT, Ca(+), and platelet-derived growth factor receptor, cell growth and differentiation through JAK-STAT were up-regulated, while the genes involved in chromatin assembly and disassembly, and cell apoptosis mediated by MAPK were down-regulated. In VPH, the genes associated with chromosome modification-related transcription factor, oxygen transport, and cell apoptosis mediated by MAPK pathway were up-regulated, but the genes associated with amino acid catabolism, histone acetylation-related transcription factor, and cell differentiation mediated by Wnt pathway were down-regulated. In TDPH, the genes related to immunity response, growth and development of regenerating liver, cell growth by MAPK pathway were up-regulated. Our data suggested that splanchnic and vagal nerves could regulate the expressions of liver regeneration-related genes.

  15. Neonatal and adult forebrain norepinephrine depletion and the behavioral and cortical thickening effects of enriched/impoverished environment.

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    Murtha, S; Pappas, B A; Raman, S

    1990-08-20

    Two experiments examined the effects of neonatal or adult intracerebral injections of 6-hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA) on the effects of enriched (ENR) vs. impoverished (IMP) housing conditions. In Expt. 1, neonatal rats received intraventricular injections of 6-OHDA after pretreatment with buproprion to destroy norepinephrine (NE) terminals while lessening damage to dopamine (DA) terminals. The rats were subsequently raised in either enriched or impoverished environments and then tested for their spatial problem-solving ability in an automated Hebb-Williams maze. Littermates did not undergo this testing but were instead assessed for cortical thickness. Despite the substantial depletion of NE in the forebrains of the 6-OHDA-treated rats, they responded to enriched rearing as did the control rats, i.e., they solved the Hebb-Williams problems more efficiently than their impoverished reared counterparts and they showed thicker cortices. In Expt. 2, adult rats received 6-OHDA lesions of the dorsal noradrenergic bundle and were then relegated to enriched or impoverished housing for 42 days. Subsequently, the enriched-housed rats solved the Hebb-Williams mazes more efficiently than their impoverished-housed counterparts and this effect of housing was not altered by the dorsal bundle lesion which severely depleted forebrain NE. These two experiments do not support a role for forebrain NE in the alteration of the rat cortex and behavior by environmental enrichment. It was concluded that the cognitive effects of enriched rearing do not require intact forebrain NE but that they may be influenced by the peripheral sympathectomy that is one consequence of neonatal systemic 6-OHDA injections.

  16. Pulsed radiofrequency stimulation suppresses palmar hyperhidrosis in an animal study.

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    Lin, Mu-Lien; Huang, Tzu-Rung; Kao, Ming-Chien; Chiu, Hung-Wei; Lin, Sheng-Chieh; Chang, Fang-Chia

    2017-11-01

    Palmar hyperhidrosis (PH) exhibits excessive and unpredictable sweating. The most effective treatment for permanent cure is the ablation of thoracic sympathetic ganglia innervating hands. However, sympathectomy of T2 sympathetic ganglion by clipping or cauterization causes irreversible nerve damage, and results in a compensatory hyperhidrosis (CH). We herein used the pulsed radiofrequency (PRF) stimulation to reversibly block sympathetic ganglion to treat PH and avoid CH. A bipolar electrode was implanted into the right T2 sympathetic trunk by endoscopic surgery and PRF was delivered through the electrode. The humidity (%) of right palm was measured to indicate sweating level. Six out of 13 rats (46.2%) that received a 5-min PRF stimulation on the T2 sympathetic trunk showed a decrease in the right palm humidity during the surgery. PRF stimulation significantly reduced humidity from 69.17% ± 0.72% obtained from baseline condition to 66.93% ± 0.69%. The humidity reduction was also observed at 10 min after the PRF stimulation. We further evaluated the effect of PRF stimulation 1 week after surgery and found that the PRF stimuli reduced right hand humidity in 5 out of 8 rats (62.5%). PRF stimulation significantly reduced humidity from 66.11% ± 0.81% obtained from sham operation control to 63.62% ± 0.82%. The percentage of right hand humidity obtained 10 min after PRF stimulation was also reduced to 63.38% ± 0.80%. Anesthetics have no effect on humidity. These results indicate that PRF stimulation of T2 sympathetic trunk reduces palm sweating in rats.

  17. Letters of William Halsted and René Leriche: "Our friendship seems so deep".

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    Rutkow, I M; Rutkow, B G; Ernst, C B

    1980-12-01

    The friendship of William Halsted and René Leriche is little appreciated in the annals of surgery. Although Halsted was Leriche's senior by almost 30 years, they enjoyed a relationship on both professional and surprisingly personal levels. Halsted's sincere concern for his younger French colleague was manifested by a constant fostering of Leriche's surgical research and creative ideas. Leriche was to become a life-long admirer of Halsted's surgical philosophies. He often stated that a 3-day visit with Halsted in 1913 persuaded him to stop considering surgery as a purely clinical and technical subject. During their 10-year relationship, extensive correspondence was maintained. This article will explore their friendship through analysis of their personal letters, recently found in the archives of the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. Written in French, they remained undisturbed for 65 years. Their present translation into English represents the first time they have been published. Vascular surgery was the major topic of discussion. Included among the many topics are surgical management of aneurysmal disease, utilization of sympathectomy, and investigations into physiologic effects of arterial ligation. In addition, many aspects of the savagery of World War I, as encountered by Leriche at the French front, and Halsted's views on various events of the conflict, are chronicled. The letters reveal a deep and abiding association between the two men which is of interest because Halsted shared his nonsurgical life with very few younger men. Their insight into specific areas of experimental surgery and ideas about various medical problems and other medical personalities are recounted.

  18. Complications of nonbiliary laparoscopic gastrointestinal surgery : Radiologic findings and clinical courses

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    Jung, Seon Ah; Lee, Sang Hoon; Won, Yong Sung; Park, Young Ha; Kim, Jun Gi [St. Vincent' s Hospital, College of Medicine, The Catholic University, Suwon (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Hyun [St. Mary' s Hospital, College of Medicine, The Catholic University, Taejon (Korea, Republic of)

    2000-05-01

    To evaluate the radiological findings and clinical course of the complications arising after nonbiliay laparoscopic gastrointestinal surgery (NLGS). We retrospectively reviewed the clinical records of 131 patients who underwent NLGS (83 cases involving colorectal surgery, 18 splenectomies, 14 appendectomies, ten adrenalectomies, three lumbar sympathectomies, two Duhamel's operation, and one peptic ulcer perforation repair) over a four-year period. Among these 131 patients, the findings of fifteen in whom postoperative complications were confirmed were analysed. The radiologic examinations these patients underwent included CT (n=3D8), barium enema and fistulography (n=3D4), ultrasonography (n=3D3), ascending venography of the lower legs (n=3D2), and penile Doppler sonography (n=3D1). We evaluated the radiologic findings and clinical courses of early (within 2 weeks) and late (after 2 weeks) postoperative complications. Sixteen cases of postoperative complications developed in fifteen patients ; in 14 (17%) after colorectal surgery and in one (6%) after splenectomy. Eleven of the sixteen cases (69%) involved early complications, consisting of an abscess in three, ischemic colitis in two, hemoperitoneum in one, perforation of the colon in one, pancreatitis in one, recto-vaginal fistula in one, deep vein thrombosis after colorectal surgery in one, and abscess after splenectomy in one. The remaining five cases (31%) involved late complications which developed after colorectal surgery, comprising anastomosic site stricture in two, abdominal wall (trocar site) metastasis in one, colo-cutaneous fistula in one, and impotence in one. Among the 16 cases involving postoperative complications, recto-vaginal fistula, colon perforation, and abdominal wall metastasis were treated by surgery, while the other thirteen cases were treated conservatively. Various postoperative complications develop after NLGS, with a higher rate of these being noted in cases involving colorectal

  19. Complications of nonbiliary laparoscopic gastrointestinal surgery : Radiologic findings and clinical courses

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    Jung, Seon Ah; Lee, Sang Hoon; Won, Yong Sung; Park, Young Ha; Kim, Jun Gi; Kim, Hyun

    2000-01-01

    To evaluate the radiological findings and clinical course of the complications arising after nonbiliay laparoscopic gastrointestinal surgery (NLGS). We retrospectively reviewed the clinical records of 131 patients who underwent NLGS (83 cases involving colorectal surgery, 18 splenectomies, 14 appendectomies, ten adrenalectomies, three lumbar sympathectomies, two Duhamel's operation, and one peptic ulcer perforation repair) over a four-year period. Among these 131 patients, the findings of fifteen in whom postoperative complications were confirmed were analysed. The radiologic examinations these patients underwent included CT (n=3D8), barium enema and fistulography (n=3D4), ultrasonography (n=3D3), ascending venography of the lower legs (n=3D2), and penile Doppler sonography (n=3D1). We evaluated the radiologic findings and clinical courses of early (within 2 weeks) and late (after 2 weeks) postoperative complications. Sixteen cases of postoperative complications developed in fifteen patients ; in 14 (17%) after colorectal surgery and in one (6%) after splenectomy. Eleven of the sixteen cases (69%) involved early complications, consisting of an abscess in three, ischemic colitis in two, hemoperitoneum in one, perforation of the colon in one, pancreatitis in one, recto-vaginal fistula in one, deep vein thrombosis after colorectal surgery in one, and abscess after splenectomy in one. The remaining five cases (31%) involved late complications which developed after colorectal surgery, comprising anastomosic site stricture in two, abdominal wall (trocar site) metastasis in one, colo-cutaneous fistula in one, and impotence in one. Among the 16 cases involving postoperative complications, recto-vaginal fistula, colon perforation, and abdominal wall metastasis were treated by surgery, while the other thirteen cases were treated conservatively. Various postoperative complications develop after NLGS, with a higher rate of these being noted in cases involving colorectal

  20. Midodrine for the treatment of organic anejaculation but not spinal cord injury: a prospective randomized placebo-controlled double-blind clinical study.

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    Safarinejad, M R

    2009-01-01

    Anejaculation is a rare cause of infertility and adversely affects the general sense of well-being and perception of sexual life satisfaction. Evidence to support effective and noninvasive treatment for this ejaculatory disorder is lacking. This study aimed to evaluate the efficacy and safety of midodrine (alpha(1)-adrenergic receptor agonist) for the treatment of organic anejaculation but not spinal cord injury (SCI). A total of 128 patients were randomly assigned to oral midodrine 7.5-15 mg per day in a stepwise approach (group 1, n=64), or a similar regimen of placebo (group 2, n=64). They underwent a complete physical examination, echocardiography, 12-lead electrocardiogram, transrectal ultrasonography, complete blood count and blood chemistry. Hormonal assays included serum levels of luteinizing hormone, follicle-stimulating hormone, prolactin and testosterone. To rule out other sexual dysfunction, patients also completed the International Index of Erectile Function questionnaire. Psychiatric disorders were excluded by appropriate tests. Outcome measure was reversal of the anejaculation. None of the patients in the placebo group achieved antegrade or retrograde ejaculation. At the end of study, antegrade, retrograde and antegrade+retrograde ejaculation occurred in 18 (29.5%), 8 (13.1%) and 9 (14.8%) patients in midodrine group, respectively (all P=0.01). The most and least favorable responses were among patients with multiple sclerosis and bilateral sympathectomy, respectively. Midodrine improved ejaculation function in a dose-dependent manner. Four participants (6.3%) in midodrine group discontinued this study for reasons of adverse events. In patients with organic anejaculation but without SCI midodrine can reverse anejaculation in more than 50% of patients. Further studies are needed, however, for the evaluation of different treatment regimens in anejaculation therapy.

  1. Hand Impairment in Systemic Sclerosis: Various Manifestations and Currently Available Treatment.

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    Young, Amber; Namas, Rajaie; Dodge, Carole; Khanna, Dinesh

    2016-09-01

    Systemic sclerosis (SSc) is an autoimmune disease initially recognized by hand involvement due to characteristic Raynaud's phenomenon (RP), puffy hands, skin thickening, and contractures resembling claw deformities. SSc contributes to hand impairment through inflammatory arthritis, joint contractures, tendon friction rubs (TFRs), RP, digital ulcers (DU), puffy hands, skin sclerosis, acro-osteolysis, and calcinosis. These manifestations, which often co-exist, can contribute to difficulty with occupational activities and activities of daily living (ADL), which can result in impaired quality of life. However, despite this knowledge, most diagnostic and treatment principles in SSc are focused on visceral manifestations due to known associations with morbidity and mortality. Treatment of inflammatory arthritis is symptom based and involves corticosteroids ≤10mg daily, methotrexate, tumor necrosis factor inhibitors, tocilizumab, and abatacept. Small joint contractures are managed by principles of occupational hand therapy and rarely surgical procedures. TFRs may be treated similar to inflammatory arthritis with corticosteroids. All patients with RP and DU should keep digits covered and warm and avoid vasoconstrictive agents. Pharmacologic management of RP begins with use of calcium channel blockers, but additional agents that may be considered are fluoxetine and phosphodiesterase 5 (PDE5) inhibitors. DU management also involves vasodilators including calcium channel blockers and PDE5 inhibitors; bosentan has also been shown to prevent DU. In patients with severe RP and active DU, intravenous epoprostenol or iloprost can be used and surgical procedures, such as botulinum injections and digital sympathectomies, may be considered. For those with early diffuse cutaneous SSc needing immunosuppression for skin sclerosis, methotrexate or mycophenolate mofetil can be used, but the agent of choice depends on co-existing manifestations, such as inflammatory arthritis and/or lung

  2. Ganglion block. When and how?; Ganglienblockade. Wann und wie?

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    Bale, R. [Medizinische Universitaet Innsbruck, Sektion fuer Mikroinvasive Therapie Universitaetsklinik fuer Radiologie, Innsbruck (Austria)

    2015-10-15

    Increasing understanding of the anatomy and physiology of neural structures has led to the development of surgical and percutaneous neurodestructive methods in order to target and destroy various components of afferent nociceptive pathways. The dorsal root ganglia and in particular the ganglia of the autonomous nervous system are targets for radiological interventions. The autonomous nervous system is responsible for the regulation of organ functions, sweating, visceral and blood vessel-associated pain. Ganglia of the sympathetic chain and non-myelinized autonomous nerves can be irreversibly destroyed by chemical and thermal ablation. Computed tomography (CT)-guided sympathetic nerve blocks are well established interventional radiological procedures which lead to vasodilatation, reduction of sweating and reduction of pain associated with the autonomous nervous system. Sympathetic blocks are applied for the treatment of various vascular diseases including critical limb ischemia. Other indications for thoracic and lumbar sympathectomy include complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), chronic tumor associated pain and hyperhidrosis. Neurolysis of the celiac plexus is an effective palliative pain treatment particularly in patients suffering from pancreatic cancer. Percutaneous dorsal root ganglion rhizotomy can be performed in selected patients with radicular pain that is resistant to conventional pharmacological and interventional treatment. (orig.) [German] Anatomische und physiologische Kenntnisse ueber die Funktion von Schmerzbahnen fuehrten zur Entwicklung chirurgischer und perkutaner destruktiver Verfahren, um einzelne Komponenten afferenter Schmerzbahnen anzusteuern bzw. auszuschalten. Neben anderen nervalen Strukturen gelten Hinterstrangganglien und insbesondere die Ganglien des autonomen Nervensystems als Ziele fuer radiologische Interventionen. Das vegetative Nervensystem ist fuer die Organfunktion durch Regulation des Gefaesstonus und fuer die Leitung

  3. Anatomical variations of rami communicantes in the upper thoracic sympathetic trunk.

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    Cho, Hyun Min; Lee, Doo Yun; Sung, Sook Whan

    2005-02-01

    .81/9.40 mm among 26 cadavers. The mean distance of each side was 6.81/7.94 mm at the level of the third intercostal nerve. And at the level of the fourth intercostal nerve, the mean distance was 7.48/10.92 mm, respectively. On the basis of this study, the anatomical variations of communicating rami could explain some surgical failures and recurrences. Moreover, in addition to the conventional surgical methods (sympathectomy, sympathicotomy, clipping of sympathetic chain and ramicotomy), dividing the inconstant sympathetic pathways (nerve of Kuntz, ascending or descending rami communicantes) on the second, the third and the fourth ribs will help to get better surgical effect.

  4. Arterialización venosa temporal del pie diabético Temporal venous arterialization of the diabetic foot

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    Francisco Lengua

    2010-01-01

    ón en el pie diabético es posible, eficaz y durable, gracias, posiblemente, a la inducción de una neoarteriogénesis y neoangiogénesis, que mantiene los beneficios aun después de que el puente se haya ocluido (función temporal.Background: The first idea of surgeons (1902 to avoid amputations due to ischemia was to deviate the arterial flow to the venous system using an arteriovenous fistula between adjacent vessels; however, the results were unreliable. Since then, sympathectomies, endarterectomies and bypasses have been created, and more recently, other medical, surgical, and endovascular advances have been used. However, amputations continue to be performed worldwide mainly in diabetic patients. The arterialization of the foot veins, based on the old idea of inverted blood flow, is a new possibility for these patients who, otherwise, could lose their limbs. Objective: To demonstrate that arterialization of the foot veins in diabetic patients with neuroischemic lesions, usually infected (diabetic foot, is an effective and long-lasting method, even though the bypass only works temporally. Patients and method: From January 2000 to February 2009, 59 patients with diabetic foot were threated by means of arterialization of the foot veins. An early death was not included in the analysis. Of the 58 remaining patients, 44 were male and 14 were female. Their mean age was 71 years old: (53-91 years. Fifty-four of them were classified as being Fontaine IV and four were IIIB. The arterialization was conducted using an inverted venous graft proximally anastomized to an artery presenting good flow (external iliac, femoral or popliteal arteries distally in the internal marginal vein of the foot, eliminating the valves of the foot arch veins. Results: Of the 58 patients who underwent arterialization, 12 failed due to early thrombosis, having amputated limbs, and 46 succeeded (79%: six at short-term, 12 at medium-term, and 28 at long-term. In the groups who were considered to have