Octreotide to treat postoperative chylothorax after cardiac operations in children.

Chylothorax after pediatric cardiac operations is associated with significant morbidity and increased hospitalization. An octreotide (a synthetic somatostatin analogue) infusion (1 to 4 microg/kg per hour) with medium-chain triglyceride diet or parenteral nutrition was used in 4 pediatric cardiac surgical patients after chylothorax was diagnosed. Resolution… CONTINUE READING