Thoracic duct embolization: A new treatment for massive leak after neck dissection

Neel Patel, Robert J. Lewandowski, Michiel Bove, Albert A. Nemcek, Riad Salem*

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Chylothorax results from injury to the thoracic duct or one of its branches. It is an uncommon but possibly serious complication of thoracic or head and neck surgery. We report a case of thoracic duct transection complicating a total laryngectomy with bilateral selective neck dissection for subglottic squamous cell carcinoma. High-output Jackson Pratt drainage was noted, resulting in patient hypovolemia that was unresponsive to volume resuscitation. Treatment consisted of percutaneous embolization of the thoracic duct proximal to the transection that subsequently normalized chylous output.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)680-683
Number of pages4
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2008


  • Chylothorax
  • Chylous leak
  • Laryngectomy
  • Lymphangiography
  • Thoracic duct embolization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology


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