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Conditions arising after Sympathectomy

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After stellate ganglion blockade: HORNER'S SYNDROME

  • Drooping eyelid
  • Constricted pupil (impaired vision in low light)
  • Absent/reduced sweating one side of the face and head
  • Redness of eyes
  • Facial flushing

After regional sympathectomy: DUMPING SYNDROME:

  • Rapid emptying of the stomach: lower end of small intestine fills too quickly
  • Early dumping: nausea/vomiting/bloating/diarrhoea/shortness of breath
  • Late dumping: 1-3 hours after eating: weakness/sweating/dizziness
  • Both types may co-exist.