Jean-Claude M. Tabet, M.D.
Janet W. Bay, M.D.
Michele Magdinec, R.N., C.N.R.N.
Essential hyperhidrosis, the idiopathic production of excessive sweat, continues to be a much misunderstood ailment. Its recognition as a benign disorder has often restricted its treatment to nonsurgical modalities, many times with unsatisfactory results. Surgical intervention has provided excellent results in patients suffering from hyperhidrosis and should certainly be considered an alternative method of treatment. The authors review the clinical condition of essential hyperhidrosis including current treatment options, with special emphasis on surgical therapy.