Korean J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg.  2003 Nov;36(11):883-885.

Ligation of Thoracic Duct Via Extrapleural Approach for the Treatment of Chylothorax: Report of 1 case

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  • 1Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Pochon CHA University, Gumi CHA Hospital, Korea. doa1224@intizen.com

Abstract

Traditional surgical management of chylothorax refractory to conservative treatment is thoracic duct ligation through a right open thoracotomy. A new surgical procedure of ligation of the thoracic duct via extrapleural approach is presented. Its advantages are less invasive, no need of a new drainage tube, and easier to expose the thoracic duct than the conventional transthoracic approach. We experienced a new surgical method in the treatment of the chylothorax and report it with literatures.

Keyword

Chylothorax; Thoracic duct

MeSH Terms

Chylothorax*
Drainage
Ligation*
Thoracic Duct*
Thoracotomy
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