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Bilateral chylothorax following left sided modified radical neck dissection

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D Soodin ,

Department of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery, Launceston General Hospital, Tasmania, AU
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P Singh,

Department of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery, Launceston General Hospital, Tasmania, AU
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D Irani,

Department of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery, Launceston General Hospital, Tasmania, AU
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J Zakon,

Department of Radiology, Launceston General Hospital, Tasmania, LK
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S Krishnamoorthy

Department of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery, Launceston General Hospital, Tasmania, AU
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Abstract

Chylous fistula in the neck occurs in 1-2% of cases undergoing neck dissection with higher incidence on the left side due to damage of a high riding thoracic duct. Chylothorax is a rare complication; approximately 20 cases of bilateral chylothorax have been reported in the past 100 years. We report a case of bilateral chylothorax following neck dissection done for metastatic malignant melanoma

DOI: 10.4038/cmj.v55i4.2632

Ceylon Medical Journal 2010; 55: 126-127
Keywords: chylothorax  
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4038/cmj.v55i4.2632
How to Cite: Soodin, D., Singh, P., Irani, D., Zakon, J. and Krishnamoorthy, S., 2010. Bilateral chylothorax following left sided modified radical neck dissection. Ceylon Medical Journal, 55(4), pp.126–127. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/cmj.v55i4.2632
Published on 29 Dec 2010.
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