Surgical treatment of systemic sclerosis-is it justified to offer peripheral sympathectomy earlier in the disease process?

Author: Momeni A, Sorice SC, Valenzuela A, Fiorentino DF, Chung L, Chang J.
Date Published: January-2015
Source: Microsurgery

Systemic sclerosis (SSc) is a rare connective tissue disease associated with significant digital vasculopathy. Peripheral sympathectomy is frequently offered late in the disease process after severe digital ischemia has already occurred with patients being symptomatic for numerous years. The purpose of the present study was to analyze the results of peripheral sympathectomy in patients with a confirmed diagnosis of SSc.