Simultaneous presence of massive chyloperitoneum and chylothorax and its successful management

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Mukul Bhattarai *
Tamer Hudali
(*) Corresponding Author:
Mukul Bhattarai | drmukulbhattarai@gmail.com

Abstract

The incidence of massive chylous ascites and chylothorax after aortofemoral bypass grafting (AFBG) procedure is unknown. Leakage of chyle results in severe malnutrition and infection which can be life threatening. Because of the rarity of disease, the definitive guideline on management of such extensive accumulation of chyle is lacking. We present a case of a 68- year-old gentleman who developed large chylous ascites and chylous pleural effusions causing respiratory distress. His history was significant for aortofemoral bypass graft procedure 8 weeks prior to index presentation. He was successfully managed with chylous fluid drainage, judicious use of diuretics, adherence to a low-fat diet, and supplementation with medium-chain triglycerides.

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