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Left-sided neck dissection and chylothorax: a rare complication and its management

  • V Prabhu (a1) and C Passant (a1)



We present a case of bilateral chylothorax, a rare but life-threatening complication, which developed following a left-sided neck dissection.


Case report and literature review.


Chylous leakage fistula is a known complication following neck dissection and occurs in 1 to 2 per cent of patients. After left-sided neck dissection, chylothorax is uncommon and bilateral chylothorax is even rarer. Chylothorax is encountered following certain thoracic procedures, especially superior mediastinal dissection for thyroid cancer treatment. We discuss in detail the successful management of a complicated case.


We discuss various management options for this condition, and we summarise its successful management within our department.


Corresponding author

Address for correspondence: Mr Vinod Prabhu, Speciality Trainee, Department of ENT, ‘E’ Block, Royal Gwent Hospital, Newport NP20 2UB, Wales, UK Fax: +44 (0)1633 257 191 E-mail:


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Left-sided neck dissection and chylothorax: a rare complication and its management

  • V Prabhu (a1) and C Passant (a1)


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