Thoracic duct ligation for persistent chylothorax after pediatric cardiothoracic surgery.

@article{Nath2009ThoracicDL,
  title={Thoracic duct ligation for persistent chylothorax after pediatric cardiothoracic surgery.},
  author={Dilip Sri Nath and Jainy Savla and Robinder G. Khemani and Daniel P. Nussbaum and Christina L. Greene and Winfield J. Wells},
  journal={The Annals of thoracic surgery},
  year={2009},
  volume={88 1},
  pages={246-51; discussion 251-2}
}
BACKGROUND There is considerable literature on incidence and medical management of postsurgical chylothorax in children but little is known about outcomes of thoracic duct ligation (TDL) for patients refractory to medical therapy. METHODS A retrospective review of patients undergoing TDL after cardiothoracic surgery (1992 through 2007) was done. Data on demographics including cardiac morphology, characteristics of chylous drainage, medical management, and post-TDL course were collected. When… CONTINUE READING