Acta Neurochirurgica

, Volume 159, Issue 10, pp 2019–2021 | Cite as

Bilateral chylothorax following anterior cervical spine surgery

Case Report - Spine


Bilateral chylothorax following anterior cervical spine surgery is very rare. This report documents the first case of chylothorax after anterior cervical spine surgery through a right-side surgical approach. Unidentified chyle leakage can easily remain unrecognized and, thus, is difficult to treat. For early diagnosis and treatment, it is very important to consider the possibility of chylothorax following anterior cervical spine surgery, even when using a right-side surgical approach.


Bilateral chylothorax Thoracic duct Cervical spine Complication 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of NeurosurgeryNanoori Gangseo HospitalSeoulSouth Korea
  2. 2.Department of NeurosurgeryNanoori Jooan HospitalIncheonSouth Korea
  3. 3.Department of NeurosurgeryNanoori Gangnam HospitalSeoulRepublic of Korea

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