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Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Ligation of the Thoracic Duct in a Patient with Traumatic Chylothorax
Deok Heon Lee, Joon Yong Cho, Tak Hyuk Oh
Journal of Trauma and Injury 2016;29(3):89-92
Published online: September 30, 2016
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Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Kyungpook National University School of Medicine, Daegu, Korea.
Received: 28 June 2016   • Revised: 5 July 2016   • Accepted: 16 August 2016

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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