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

Rev Col Bras Cir. 2014 Sep-Oct;41(5):325-30. doi: 10.1590/0100-69912014005005.
[Article in English, Portuguese]


Objective: To assess quality of life before and after thoracoscopic sympathectomy for treatment of primary hyperhidrosis.

Methods: 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.

Results: 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.

Conclusion: 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.

Publication types

  • Observational Study

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hyperhidrosis / surgery*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Patient Satisfaction
  • Quality of Life*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Sympathectomy / methods*
  • Thoracic Surgery, Video-Assisted*
  • Young Adult