Quilotórax a tensión: Reporte de dos casos

Translated title of the contribution: Tension chylothorax: Two case reports

Constanza Pinochet V., Alejandro Donoso F., Pablo Cruces R.

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Thoracic duct injury is a well described entity as complication from cardiothoracic surgery. However tension chylothorax is rare, and may become a life-threating condition. Objective: To present 2 pediatric patients who developed hemodynamic and respiratory failures secondary to chylothorax. Patients: The first patient was a 2-month-old boy who developed chylothorax three weeks after a Norwood-Sano surgery; he showed a severe respiratory and hemodynamic collapse. The second patient was a one-month old baby who developed an acute respiratory failure and oliguria two days after a patent ductus arteriosus surgery. In both cases the chest tube placement resulted in the release of chyle under pressure and resolution of the symptoms. Conclusions: These two cases demostrate how chylothorax may provoke severe hemodynamic and respiratory effects. Early recognition and treatment of this condition is important for improved outcome.

Translated title of the contributionTension chylothorax: Two case reports
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)256-260
Number of pages5
JournalRevista Chilena de Pediatria
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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