Combined occurrence of chyloperitoneum and chylothorax after retroperitoneal surgery

G. Muns, S. I. Rennard, A. A. Floreani

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Chyloperitoneum is a rare complication of abdominal or retroperitoneal surgery, and the combined occurrence of chylothorax and chyloperitoneum bas been reported in only a few cases. We describe a case of this complication, which became clinically apparent 20 days after a Warren shunt operation. The large chylous effusion compromised breathing and required chest tube drainage, pleurodesis, medium chain triglyceride (MCT) diet, and, later, total parenteral nutrition (TPN). The patient made a full recovery on TPN for 5 weeks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)185-187
Number of pages3
JournalEuropean Respiratory Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1995


  • Chest tube drainage
  • Chyloperitoneum
  • Chylothorax
  • Pleurodesis
  • Warren shunt

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine


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