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Rupture of the Thoracic Duct as a Result of Injury with Subsequent Development of Bilateral Chylothorax

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We present a unique case of a 49-year-old woman presenting with a bilateral chylothorax sustained after minor injury. This condition developed secondarily to minor neck injury which resulted in left side cervical swelling. First treatment was conservative. Surgical intervention was nevertheless necessary to remove a cervical cyst contiguous with the thoracic duct.

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T. Bohrer, J. Paul, K. Neukam, O. Hernandez, C. Ritter and R. Hagen, "Rupture of the Thoracic Duct as a Result of Injury with Subsequent Development of Bilateral Chylothorax," Open Journal of Thoracic Surgery, Vol. 2 No. 4, 2012, pp. 118-120. doi: 10.4236/ojts.2012.24024.


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