Korean J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg.  2017 Oct;50(5):407-410. 10.5090/kjtcs.2017.50.5.407.

Chylothorax after Blunt Chest Trauma: A Case Report

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  • 1Department of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, Prince of Songkla University, Korea. pawit.sriprasit@yahoo.com
  • 2Division of Trauma Surgery, Department of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, Prince of Songkla University, Korea.

Abstract

Traumatic chylothorax after blunt chest trauma alone is considered rare. Our patient was a 27-year-old female who was in a motorcycle accident and sustained blunt thoracic and traumatic thoracic aortic injuries with T1-T2 vertebral subluxation. She underwent thoracic endovascular aortic repair from T4 to T9 without any thoracic or spinal surgery. On postoperative day 7, the drainage from her left chest turned into a milky-white fluid indicative of chyle leakage. The patient was treated conservatively for 2 weeks and then the chest drain was safely removed. The results show that traumatic chylothorax can be successfully managed with conservative treatment.

Keyword

Chylothorax; Chest injuries; Thoracic injuries

MeSH Terms

Adult
Chyle
Chylothorax*
Drainage
Female
Humans
Motorcycles
Thoracic Injuries
Thorax*
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