Selective periarterial sympathectomy in Raynaud phenomenon (RP) has not been adequately studied as there was no reliable method to evaluate outcomes. However, dynamic Doppler ultrasonography may have clinical value in the management and follow-up of patients with RP; but few reports describe using the device to assess surgical outcomes. Here, we report a case of successful digital sympathectomy in a single digit and the postoperative evaluation using ultrasonography. A 23-year-old patient with secondary RP underwent surgery targeting both common digital artery (ulnar side) and the proper digital artery (radial side). The procedure yielded immediate pain relief and the improvement of recurrent fingertip ulceration. The 1-year postoperative assessment with dynamic Doppler ultrasonography using a hockey-stick probe was performed with a cold provocation test and revealed peak systolic velocity improvement comparable to the nontreated ulnar side but prominent fibrosis on the radial aspect. We anticipate that Doppler ultrasonography may be an effective tool for the postoperative assessment of patients who underwent digital sympathectomy for treatment of RP.
- Raynaud disease
- adventitial stripping
- periarterial sympathectomy
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine