Chylothorax Resulting from a Penetrating Injury of the Neck: a Case Report

Kocer, Bulent; Gulbahar, Gultekin; Dural, Koray; Sakinci, Unal
June 2008
European Journal of Trauma & Emergency Surgery;Jun2008, Vol. 34 Issue 3, p299
Academic Journal
Chylothorax is characterized by an accumulation of lymphatic fluid in the pleural cavity due to compression or loss of integrity of the thoracic duct for any reason. It is frequently secondary to intrathoracic malignancies and iatrogenic trauma. Thoracic duct injury and resulting chylothorax, due to penetrating injuries of the neck, are very rare. This report presents a patient with chylothorax associated with penetrating neck trauma, who was successfully treated, and provides discussion on this very rare case in the light of the available literature.


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