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Surgical ligation of cisterna chyli: an alternative treatment for chronic chylothorax in children



Surgical ligation of cisterna chyli: an alternative treatment for chronic chylothorax in children



Annals of Thoracic Surgery 90(5): 1732-1734



Postoperative chylothorax represents one of the early and most serious complications after cardiothoracic operations. When conservative measures are not effective, an operation is mandatory. We describe a case of persistent chylothorax after a "one-and-a-half ventricle" repair in an infant with complex congenital heart disease, which was successfully treated with a transabdominal ligation of the cisterna chyli. At the 1-year follow-up, she is in excellent clinical condition, without recurrence of pleural effusion or the requirement for nutritional support. Ligation of cisterna chyli may represent a safe and effective ultimate treatment in children with persistent chylothorax.

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PMID: 20971313

DOI: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2009.12.019


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