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February 17, 1962

Facial Hyperhidrosis Interruption with Stellate Ganglion Block

JAMA. 1962;179(7):571. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050070077019a

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LOCALIZED HYPERHIDROSIS may occur anywhere on the skin, although the palms and soles are by far more commonly affected and the face less often. The augmented sweating may be of varying degrees and stimulated by different causes. In its mildest form such sudorific hyperactivity may be a nuisance; or, because of intensity, extent, site, and occupation, prove a serious hindrance and handicap. Compounding the distress is the fact that therapy in this condition is far from satisfactory and may require such an overt measure as interruption of nervous pathways to the sweat glands. The following is an illustrative case history.

Report of a Case

A Puerto Rican girl has had hyperhidrosis of the entire face for many years. During the 10 years she has been in Chicago she has a record of observations for the hyperhidrosis at various institutions; but she has received little or no relief from her complaint.

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