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Management of Chylothorax with Octreotide after Congenital Heart Surgery.
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PMID:  21394709     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
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OBJECTIVE: Chylothorax is a rare complication of congenital cardiac surgery that can seriously impair the postoperative course unless treated properly. We present our treatment protocol and results with octreotide, a somatostatin analogue, in cases of chylothorax following congenital heart surgery. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Between March 2006 and December 2009, 12 patients were treated for chylothorax following congenital cardiac surgery. Patients consisted of five females and seven males, with a mean age of 16.6 months (7 days - 36 months). Octreotide was administrated as a continuous intravenous infusion with a dosage of 4-10 µg/kg/h. RESULTS: Chylothorax was successfully resolved in an average of 10.3 days (7-14 days) with octreotide infusion and a strict oral diet containing medium-chain triglycerides. At a mean follow-up of 9.4 months (1-35), all patients are doing well, without any recurrence of chylothorax. CONCLUSION: Octreotide, a long-acting somatostatin analog, is an effective and safe agent for the treatment of postoperative chylothorax and warrants further investigation in a larger series with a greater number of patients.
Authors:
T Tatar; D Kilic; M Ozkan; A Hatipoglu; S Aslamaci
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-3-10
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Thoracic and cardiovascular surgeon     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1439-1902     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-3-11     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7903387     Medline TA:  Thorac Cardiovasc Surg     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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© Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New York.
Affiliation:
Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Baskent University, Ankara, Turkey.
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