Chylous ascites: A rare complication of thoracic duct embolization for chylothorax

  • Gaba R
  • Owens C
  • Bui J
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Thoracic duct embolization represents a safe and effective method to treat postsurgical chylothorax. Complications of this procedure are rare despite transabdominal puncture of lymphatic channels for thoracic duct access, and chylous ascites is unreported. Herein, we describe a case of chylous ascites formation after lymphatic puncture and attempted cannulation. Our management approach is also discussed.

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  • Ascites
  • Embolization
  • Embolotherapy
  • Peritoneal cavity fluid

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  • Ron C. Gaba

  • Charles A. Owens

  • James T. Bui

  • Tami C. Carrillo

  • M. Grace Knuttinen

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