The amount of compensatory sweating depends on the patient, the damage that the white rami communicans incurs, and the amount of cell body reorganization in the spinal cord after surgery.
Other potential complications include inadequate resection of the ganglia, gustatory sweating, pneumothorax, cardiac dysfunction, post-operative pain, and finally Horner’s syndrome secondary to resection of the stellate ganglion.

After severing the cervical sympathetic trunk, the cells of the cervical sympathetic ganglion undergo transneuronic degeneration
After severing the sympathetic trunk, the cells of its origin undergo complete disintegration within a year.

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thoracoscopic left cardiac sympathectomy results in remodelling of cardiac sympathetic innervation

1Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, 200 Hawkins Dr, 4434 JCP, Iowa City, IA 52242, USA and 
2Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, IA, USA 
*Corresponding author. Tel: þ1 301 641 6062; fax: þ1 319 338 5263, 
 Received 23 November 2009; accepted after revision 4 February 2010