Chylothorax after heart/lung transplantation

Tomasz M. Ziedalski, Thomas A. Raffin, Daniel Y. Sze, John D. Mitchell, Robert C. Robbins, James Theodore, John L. Faul

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Chylothorax is a potentially serious complication of lung and heart-lung transplantation. This article describes the clinical course of chylothorax in 3 heart-lung allograft recipients. We discuss management options, including dietary modifications, octreotide infusion, thoracic duct ligation and emobolization, and surgical pleurodesis. In addition, we describe the novel use of aminocaproic acid to reduce lymph flow. We propose a multidisciplinary approach for the management of chylothorax that includes both medical and surgical options.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)627-631
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Heart and Lung Transplantation
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2004
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Transplantation


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