Updates in Surgery

, Volume 64, Issue 1, pp 5–11 | Cite as

Chylothorax complicating thoracic surgery: conservative or early surgical management?

  • Panagiotis Misthos
  • Meletios A. KanakisEmail author
  • Achilleas G. Lioulias
Review Article


Postoperative chylothorax is a rare complication in thoracic surgery. There is considerable controversy concerning the management of chylothorax with some physicians favoring conservative treatment while others favor a surgical one. Considering the current surgical experience with VATS and by reviewing the problems and outcome of conservative management, the guidelines regarding timing of surgery in patients with chylous leak need to be revised.


Chylothorax Thoracic surgery Conservative treatment Surgery 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Panagiotis Misthos
    • 1
  • Meletios A. Kanakis
    • 1
  • Achilleas G. Lioulias
    • 1
  1. 1.Thoracic Surgery DepartmentSismanoglio General HospitalMaroussi, AthensGreece

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