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Chylothorax after Blunt Trauma: Case Report and Review of Literature

Journal: International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR) (Vol.7, No. 2)

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Page : 1137-1139

Keywords : chest trauma; chylothorax; surgical emergency; trauma;

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Chylothorax is an accumulation of chyle in the pleural cavity due to a disruption of the thoracic duct. Traumatic chylothoracies are usually the result of penetrating trauma and disruption of the thoracic duct. Blunt trauma causing a chylothorax is rare but, it should be considered in patients who sustain chest trauma and then develop a pleural effusion as it can lead to significant morbidity and mortality. This article reviews the diagnosis and treatment of this condition.

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