Jornal Vascular Brasileiro
Print version ISSN 1677-5449
GOMES, Claudia Stein et al. Surgical treatment of chylous ascites. J. vasc. bras. [online]. 2009, vol.8, n.2, pp. 192-197. ISSN 1677-5449. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1677-54492009000200017.
Chylous ascites is a rare complication after abdominal procedures and blunt abdominal trauma, associated with high morbidity and difficult management. When clinical treatment fails, surgical intervention is necessary, despite the limited success rate. Two cases are reported: the first patient had a blunt abdominal trauma and the second patient underwent laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication; both developed chylous ascites and required surgical treatment with suture repair of the thoracic duct, close to the diaphragm. There was clinical improvement and ascites was absent at a 24-month follow-up.
Keywords : Chylous ascites; lymphatic diseases; laparoscopy.