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Clinics

Print version ISSN 1807-5932On-line version ISSN 1980-5322

Abstract

CAI, Song-Wang et al. Compensatory sweating after restricting or lowering the level of sympathectomy: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Clinics [online]. 2015, vol.70, n.3, pp.214-219. ISSN 1807-5932.  http://dx.doi.org/10.6061/clinics/2015(03)11.

OBJECTIVE:

To compare compensatory sweating after lowering or restricting the level of sympathectomy.

METHOD:

A systematic review and meta-analysis were conducted of all randomized controlled trials published in English that compared compensatory sweating after lowering or restricting the level of sympathectomy. The Cochrane collaboration tool was used to assess the risk of bias, and the Mantel-Haenszel odds ratio method was used for the meta-analysis.

RESULTS:

A total of 11 randomized controlled trials were included, including a total of 1079 patients. Five of the randomized controlled trials studied restricting the level of sympathectomy, and the remaining six studied lowering the level of sympathectomy.

CONCLUSIONS:

The compiled randomized controlled trial results published so far in the literature do not support the claims that lowering or restricting the level of sympathetic ablation results in less compensatory sweating.

Keywords : Sympathectomy; Compensatory sweating; Meta-analysis.

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