J Korean Soc Traumatol.  2016 Sep;29(3):89-92. 10.20408/jti.2016.29.3.89.

Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Ligation of the Thoracic Duct in a Patient with Traumatic Chylothorax

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  • 1Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Kyungpook National University School of Medicine, Daegu, Korea. ohhidongii@gmail.com

Abstract

Non-surgical traumatic chylothorax following blunt chest trauma is rare, with only a few cases having been reported. In general, conservative treatment measures are recommended as initial management of traumatic chylothorax; these include closed thoracostomy, dietary restriction, and parenteral nutrition. There are few reports of surgery for traumatic chylothorax. We report our experience with thoracic duct ligation using video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery in a patient with chylothorax following blunt chest injury with associated fractures of the thoracic spine.

Keyword

Chylothorax; Injuries; Ligation

MeSH Terms

Chylothorax*
Humans
Ligation*
Parenteral Nutrition
Spine
Thoracic Duct*
Thoracic Injuries
Thoracic Surgery, Video-Assisted
Thoracostomy
Thorax
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