TRAUMATIC INJURY OF THE THORACIC DUCT
- AE Guzman
- L Rossi
- CL Witte
- S Smyth
Injuries to the thoracic duct are infrequent but may become life-threatening when chylous leakage persists. This report describes 6patients with such injuries in whom the leakage resolved spontaneously in one, was corrected using microsurgical lymphatic repair or lymphatic-venous anastomosis in two,successfully treated either by ligation of the thoracic duct or insertion of a peritoneo-venous shunt in two, and was eventually controlled after bilateral pleurodesis and thoracic duct ligation by insertion of a peritoneo-venous shunt in one. Conventional lymphography is superior to lymphoscintigraphy and is usually required to document disruption of the thoracic duct.
How to Cite:
Guzman, A. & Rossi, L. & Witte, C. & Smyth, S., (2002) “TRAUMATIC INJURY OF THE THORACIC DUCT”, Lymphology 35(1), 4-14.