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J Trauma Inj. 2016 Sep;29(3):89-92. English. Case Report.
Lee DH , Cho JY , Oh TH .
Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Kyungpook National University School of Medicine, Daegu, Korea.

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.

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