Thoracodorsal sympathectomy en bloc

  • H. A. J. Lemmens
Part of the Developments in Surgery book series (DISU, volume 1)


Although the numbers admittedly are still small, it is becoming evident that there is a difference between thoracic sympathectomy and thoracodorsal sympathectomy en bloc, both subjectively and objectively as demonstrated with Doppler flow-measurements and that it is necessary to resect the nerve of Kuntz.

The best indications for the “en bloc resection” are:
  • in the first place, Raynaud’s phenomenon sine scleroderma

  • secondly Sudeck’s atrophy

  • and finally the asphyctic finger and dying digit.

The final result however depends on the course and progression of the underlying disease.


Sympathetic Innervation Stellate Ganglion Ulnar Artery Intercostal Nerve Spinal Ganglion 
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© Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, The Hague/Boston/London 1979

Authors and Affiliations

  • H. A. J. Lemmens
    • 1
  1. 1.Surgical DepartmentLimburg UniversityMaastrichtThe Netherlands

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