African Annals of
Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery

OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE AFRICAN ASSOCIATION OF THORACIC AND CARDIO-VASCULAR SURGEONS
  • Abbreviation: Afr. Ann. Thorac. Cardiovasc. Surg.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1994-7461
  • DOI: 10.5897/AATCVS
  • Start Year: 2005
  • Published Articles: 29

Case Report

Traumatic chylothorax: a case report

TAMATEY M.N.
  • TAMATEY M.N.
  • National Cardiothoracic Centre, Korle-bu Teaching Hospital,Accra,Ghana
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SEREBOE L.A.
  • SEREBOE L.A.
  • National Cardiothoracic Centre, Korle-bu Teaching Hospital,Accra,Ghana
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TETTEY M.M.
  • TETTEY M.M.
  • National Cardiothoracic Centre, Korle-bu Teaching Hospital,Accra,Ghana
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ENTSUA-MENSAH K.
  • ENTSUA-MENSAH K.
  • National Cardiothoracic Centre, Korle-bu Teaching Hospital,Accra,Ghana
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GYAN B.
  • GYAN B.
  • National Cardiothoracic Centre, Korle-bu Teaching Hospital,Accra,Ghana
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ADZAMLI I.K.
  • ADZAMLI I.K.
  • National Cardiothoracic Centre, Korle-bu Teaching Hospital,Accra,Ghana
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  • Article Number - 00C55FC60839
  • Vol.10(1), pp. 34-37, June 2015
  •  Received: 17 January 2015
  •  Published: 30 June 2015

Abstract

Chylothorax is an uncommon condition, and more so chylothorax secondary to blunt trauma. However, when it occurs it can be debilitating and life threatening, unless appropriate treatment is instituted on time. We present the case of a 39-year old man who felt from a height and developed chylothorax secondary to blunt trauma, amidst other injuries. He was admitted, managed conservatively and discharged home 17 days later in satisfactory condition.

Keywords: chylothorax, blunt trauma, conservative management,