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An investigation into the effect of axillary surgery on ipsilateral axillary sweating--a pleasing 'complication' or a potential treatment for hyperhidrosis?

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Type
Published Article
Journal
Breast (Edinburgh, Scotland)
Publication Date
Volume
14
Issue
5
Pages
415–418
Identifiers
PMID: 16216747
Source
Medline
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Abstract

Although there had not been complaints of excessive sweating pre-operatively, it was noticed incidentally that a large proportion of patients who had undergone axillary lymph node sampling or clearance for breast carcinoma seemed to report ipsilateral sweat loss as a pleasing 'complication'. We interviewed 65 consecutive patients who had all had axillary dissections performed by the same surgeon's technique; the interviews were held 2-102 months after their operations. In 36 cases, patients reported no change in axillary sweating (mean 35 months), whereas 29 patients reported a decrease (mean 50 months). This result was statistically significant at the 95% confidence interval (p=0.022).

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