Chyle fistula in right cervical area after thyroid surgery

  • Pablo Priego JiménezEmail author
  • María Vicenta Collado Guirao
  • Roberto Rojo Blanco
  • Raquel Grajal Marino
  • Gloria Rodríguez Velasco
  • Augusto García Villanueva
Case Reports


Thoracic duct injury is an infrequent (1–2.5%) but severe complication after neck surgery, leading to nutritional, metabolic and immunologic deficiencies. We report a case of a 34-year-old woman with a right thoracic duct injury after surgery of a thyroid medullar cancer effectively treated with conservative management (parenteral nutrition and intravenous somatostatin). Optimal treatment of these patients is unclear, without a clear limit between conservative and surgical treatment.


Chyle fistula Diagnosis Treatment Somatostatin Octreotide Lymphoscintigraphy 


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© Feseo 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  • Pablo Priego Jiménez
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • María Vicenta Collado Guirao
    • 1
  • Roberto Rojo Blanco
    • 1
  • Raquel Grajal Marino
    • 1
  • Gloria Rodríguez Velasco
    • 1
  • Augusto García Villanueva
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of General SurgeryHospital Ramón y CajalMadridSpain
  2. 2.CuencaSpain

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