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Ligation of the thoracic duct for the treatment of chylothorax in heart diseases

By Paulo M. Pêgo-Fernandes, Fábio B. Jatene, Clayton Cesar Tokunaga, Danielle Tiemi Simão, Ricardo Beirutty, Eliza Rumiko Iwahashi and Sérgio Almeida de Oliveira


In children, chylothorax occurs mainly after cardiac and thoracic surgeries. One of the recommended postsurgery treatments is ligation of the thoracic tract, when all other conservative treatments have failed. We report 4 cases of chylothorax in patients who were successfully treated with this approach, which resulted in a decrease in pleural drainage without recurrent chylothorax

Publisher: Sociedade Brasileira de Cardiologia - SBC
Year: 2003
OAI identifier: oai:scielo:S0066-782X2003001100011
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