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Chylous Ascites Following Open Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair: An Unusual Complication

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Georgios Galanopoulos ,

Sismanogleio-Amalia Fleming General Hospital of Athens, Athens; Medical School of Athens, Athens, GR
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Theofanis Konstantopoulos,

Sismanogleio-Amalia Fleming General Hospital of Athens, Athens, GR
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Stavros Theodorou,

Sismanogleio-Amalia Fleming General Hospital of Athens, Athens, GR
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Ioannis Tsoutsas,

Sismanogleio-Amalia Fleming General Hospital of Athens, Athens, GR
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Dimitrios Xanthopoulos,

Sismanogleio-Amalia Fleming General Hospital of Athens, Athens, GR
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Elias Kaperonis,

Sismanogleio-Amalia Fleming General Hospital of Athens, Athens, GR
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Vassilios Papavassiliou

Sismanogleio-Amalia Fleming General Hospital of Athens, Athens, GR
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Abstract

Chylous ascites is a rare complication after abdominal aortic aneurysm repair. Accumulation of chyle within the close space of the peritoneal cavity may cause severe discomfort to the patient, complicating the postoperative course. Prompt diagnosis is needed to adopt measures for reducing lymph leakage and contributing to lymphatic fistula closure. Fortunately, conservative treatment is successful in the majority of cases. In the rare cases that do not respond to conservative treatment, surgery becomes mandatory. Accurate preoperative localization of lymph leakage is a prerequisite for a successful outcome. Postoperative chyloperitoneum has a benign course and an excellent prognosis.

How to Cite: 1. Galanopoulos G, Konstantopoulos T, Theodorou S, et al.. Chylous Ascites Following Open Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair: An Unusual Complication. Methodist DeBakey Cardiovascular Journal. 2016;12(2):119-121. DOI: http://doi.org/10.14797/mdcj-12-2-119
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Published on 01 Apr 2016.
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