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Eur J Cardiothorac Surg. 2013 Dec;44(6):1134-6. doi: 10.1093/ejcts/ezt287. Epub 2013 May 24.

Transabdominal mass ligation of the thoracic duct for the prevention of chylothorax following en bloc oesophagectomy.

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Department of Surgery, University of Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany.

Abstract

The occurrence of a postoperative chylothorax after en bloc oesophagectomy for cancer is a severe and potentially life-threatening complication. In this study, we describe the technique of transabdominal mass ligation of the thoracic duct as an elective, simple and safe method for the prevention of postoperative chylothorax.

KEYWORDS:

Chylothorax; Oesophageal cancer; Oesophagectomy

PMID:
23708695
DOI:
10.1093/ejcts/ezt287
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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