Background: Palmar and axillary hyperhidrosis are defined as perspiration exceeding the body's 'normal' physiological need for thermal regulation. This condition affects about 1% of adolescents and children and may lead to psychosocial problems and poor school performance. Case description: We carried out an endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy (ETS) with clips in a 14-year-old girl and a 16-year-old girl who suffered from debilitating palmar and axillary hyperhidrosis. They were able to quickly resume their general daily activities and both were free of symptoms during an outpatient visit after 6 weeks. Conclusion: ETS using clips is a safe, relatively simple and effective technique, which may provide a permanent solution. ETS can be an option in case of therapy-resistant debilitating hyperhidrosis. This surgical procedure should be carefully considered, possible causes should be excluded and ETS should not be offered as the first treatment option for children.
Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde
Erasmus MC: University Medical Center Rotterdam

Hermelijn, S.M. (Sergei M.), Boersma, I.H. (Ids H.), Dekker, M.H. (Mariëlle H.), Van Duin, S. (Sander), & Schnater, J.M.J. (J. M.J.). (2017). Hyperhidrosis palmaris en axillaris bij kinderen: Endoscopische thoracale sympathectomie met clips voor een miskend probleem. Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde, 161(48). Retrieved from