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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 152-154

Intractable Chylothorax Following Mitral Valve Replacement in an Adult

Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery, Govind Ballabh Pant Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and Research, Delhi University, New Delhi, India

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Dr. Arindam Roy
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DOI: 10.4103/mamcjms.mamcjms_46_18

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Chylothorax after an open-heart surgery has previously been mentioned in the literature. We report this association in a young female post-mitral valve replacement surgery due to abnormal lymphatic channels. Medical management was conducted for 4 weeks. On failure of the conservative treatment, she underwent pleurectomy with suture ligation of the thymic gland remnants and pericardium for the chylothorax, which resolved following the redo surgery. This rare incidental variation in lymphatic drainage was responsible for refractory chylothorax, which otherwise could have been managed medically.

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