Bilateral chylothorax following neck dissection: a case report.

Runge, Tina; Borbély, Yves Michael; Candinas, Daniel; Seiler, Christian A. (2014). Bilateral chylothorax following neck dissection: a case report. BMC research notes, 7(311), p. 311. Biomed Central 10.1186/1756-0500-7-311

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BACKGROUND Chylothorax is an extremely rare but potentially life-threatening complication after radical neck dissection. We report the case of a bilateral chylothorax after total thyroidectomy and cervico-central and cervico-lateral lymphadenectomy for thyroid carcinoma. CASE PRESENTATION A 40-year-old European woman underwent total thyroidectomy and neck dissection for papillary thyroid carcinoma. Postoperatively she developed dyspnoea and pleural effusion. A chylothorax was found and the initial conservative therapy was not successful. She had to be operated on again and the thoracic duct was legated. CONCLUSION The case presentation reports a very rare complication after total thyroidectomy and neck dissection, but it has to be kept in mind to prevent dangerous complications.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Gastro-intestinal, Liver and Lung Disorders (DMLL) > Clinic of Visceral Surgery and Medicine > Visceral Surgery

UniBE Contributor:

Runge, Tina; Borbély, Yves Michael; Candinas, Daniel and Seiler, Christian A.

Subjects:

600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health

ISSN:

1756-0500

Publisher:

Biomed Central

Language:

English

Submitter:

Lilian Karin Smith-Wirth

Date Deposited:

04 May 2015 08:21

Last Modified:

26 Jun 2016 02:01

Publisher DOI:

10.1186/1756-0500-7-311

PubMed ID:

24885488

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Thyroidectomy; Neck dissection; Bilateral chylothorax

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.66960

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/66960

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