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1. Wolosker N, de Campos JR, Kauffman P, de Oliveira LA, Munia MA, Jatene FB: Evaluation of quality of life over time among 453 patients with hyperhidrosis submitted to endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy. J Vasc Surg; 2012 Jan;55(1):154-6

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  • [Title] Evaluation of quality of life over time among 453 patients with hyperhidrosis submitted to endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy.
  • OBJECTIVES: Current data do not provide enough information on how quality of life (QoL) evolves over time in cases of endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy (ETS).
  • The purpose of this study was to ascertain whether the immediate improvement in QoL after the surgery was sustained until the fifth postoperative year.
  • METHODS: This was a prospective, nonrandomized and uncontrolled study.
  • From March 2001 to December 2003, 475 consecutive patients with hyperhidrosis submitted to ETS were included.
  • A QoL questionnaire was applied at the preoperative day, around the 30th postoperative day, and after the fifth year.
  • RESULTS: After excluding 22 patients who did not answer all the questions, we analyzed 453 patients.
  • Their ages ranged from 11 to 57 years old, with a mean of 25.3 + 7.9 years, including 297 female patients (65.6%).
  • All patients were assessed on three occasions: before surgery, around the 30th postoperative day, and after the fifth postoperative year.
  • The QoL before surgery was considered to be poor or very poor for all patients.
  • The QoL around 30 days after surgery was better in 412 patients (90.9%), the same in 27 patients (6.0%), and worse in 14 patients (3.1%).
  • After 5 years, 409 patients (90.3%) were better, 27 (6.0%) were the same, and 14 (3.1%) were worse.
  • There were no differences between these postoperative times according to the McNemar statistical test.
  • CONCLUSION: The patients had an immediate improvement in QoL after ETS, and this improvement was sustained until the fifth postoperative year.
  • [MeSH-major] Hyperhidrosis / surgery. Quality of Life. Sweating. Sympathectomy / methods. Thoracoscopy
  • [MeSH-minor] Adolescent. Adult. Brazil. Child. Female. Humans. Male. Middle Aged. Prospective Studies. Surveys and Questionnaires. Time Factors. Treatment Outcome. Young Adult

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  • [Copyright] Copyright © 2012 Society for Vascular Surgery. Published by Mosby, Inc. All rights reserved.
  • (PMID = 22047833.001).
  • [ISSN] 1097-6809
  • [Journal-full-title] Journal of vascular surgery
  • [ISO-abbreviation] J. Vasc. Surg.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] United States
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