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Bilateral Chylothoraces Without Chyle Leakage After Left-Sided Neck Dissection for Thyroid Cancer: Report of Two Cases

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Bilateral chylothorax is a rare complication of neck dissection, but it is potentially serious and sometimes life threatening. Because of the rarity of chylothorax, surgeons are unfamiliar with its early signs, which allow a prompt diagnosis and effective management. Most cases reported in the literature were associated with a concurrent external chyle leakage, which occurred either during or after surgery. We report two cases of bilateral chylothoraces without concurrent external chyle leakage, which occurred after left-sided neck dissections for thyroid cancer. We treated both patients successfully with conservative management.

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Bae, J., Song, B., Kim, M. et al. Bilateral Chylothoraces Without Chyle Leakage After Left-Sided Neck Dissection for Thyroid Cancer: Report of Two Cases. Surg Today 37, 652–655 (2007).

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