PP186: Chylous fistula of the neck as a postoperative complication in neck dissection: report of 5 cases and review of the literature

@inproceedings{Vafiadou2013PP186CF,
  title={PP186: Chylous fistula of the neck as a postoperative complication in neck dissection: report of 5 cases and review of the literature},
  author={Margarita Vafiadou and Georgios Koloutsos and Eleni Bourlidou and Maria Lazaridou and Elias Antoniades and Nikolaos G Barbetakis and Konstantinos Vahtsevanos and Doxa Maggoudi},
  year={2013}
}
Chyle is a milky fluid consisting of lymph/ interstitial fluid and emulsified fats. The largest conduit of it is in the thoracic duct that starts in the abdomen ascend to the neck and enters the venous system at the junction of the internal jugular vein and the subclavian vein. Neck dissection can lead to a profuse loss of this milky fluid which is protein rich and patients can therefore become fluid depleted and malnourished rapidly with a high output chylous fistula. Special feeds can be… CONTINUE READING

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