Thoracic duct-cutaneous fistula in a patient with cirrhosis of the liver: successful treatment with a transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt.

Abstract

Patients with cirrhosis of the liver have increased hepatic and gastrointestinal lymph flow that may contribute to the formation of ascites and pleural effusions. Increased lymph flow, which is due to postsinusoidal portal hypertension, causes a high rate of flow through the thoracic duct. Because of the high flow rates, disrupted lymphatic vessels in… (More)

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