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Chylous Ascites Complicating Elective Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair: Case Report and Review of Treatment Options.
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PMID:  22903333     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Introduction: Chylous ascitis is a rare complication of abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) surgery with only 38 cases reported since the early 70s. Due to their anatomical relation with the abdominal aorta, cisterna chyli injury is more common following open AAA repairs when compared to other surgeries; 81% of all postsurgical chylous ascites reported. Case presentation: We present a case of severe chylous ascitis following elective AAA repair in a 76-year-old caucasian male who gradually developed abdominal distension following discharge. A conservative approach was followed by a peritoneovenous shunt insertion, but this had no clinical benefit. The site of chyle leak was identified and ligated at relaparatomy to eventually resolve his ascitis. Conclusion: Many reports in literature demonstrate successful conservative measures and highlight the importance of nutritional status in the course of persistent postoperative chylous ascitis. In our experience, complete resolution only came after relaparatomy and repair of leaking lymphatics.
Hashem M Barakat; Yousef Shahin; Peter McCollum
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-8-17
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Title:  Vascular and endovascular surgery     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1938-9116     ISO Abbreviation:  Vasc Endovascular Surg     Publication Date:  2012 Aug 
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Created Date:  2012-8-20     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  101136421     Medline TA:  Vasc Endovascular Surg     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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