Chylothorax is a rare complication of adult cardiothoracic surgery that can affect the postoperative course as it can lead to respiratory insufficiency, protein loss, fluid imbalance, and immunodeficiency. We report the case of a 51-year-old man who developed a persistent high-flow chylothorax after replacement of the descending thoracic aorta for an aneurysm. After a week of complete oral intake cessation and total parenteral nutrition, we started administration of octreotide, a somatostatin analog. It led to rapid cessation of chyle production, and the patient was discharged without further complications and chylothorax relapses.
|Titolo:||Administration of Octreotide for Management of Postoperative High-Flow Chylothorax|
|Parole Chiave:||Aortic Aneurysm, Thoracic; Chylothorax; Combined Modality Therapy; Drainage; Gastrointestinal Agents; Humans; Male; Middle Aged; Octreotide; Parenteral Nutrition, Total; Postoperative Complications; Surgery; Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore MED/23 - Chirurgia Cardiaca|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2007|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1016/j.avsg.2006.02.001|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|