Article Abstract

Localization of thoracic duct using heavily T2W MRI for intractable post-esophagectomy chylothorax—a case report

Authors: Yi-Chien Chang, Yi-Ting Yen, Ming-Chung Chang, Yau-Lin Tseng

Abstract

Post-esophagectomy chylothorax is a rare yet serious complication. Herein we report the case of a patient with intractable post-esophagectomy chylothorax despite medical treatment with total parenteral nutrition and octreotide, as well as prophylactic and repeated thoracic duct mass ligation. The patient was eventually treated with localization of thoracic duct using T2-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (T2W MRI), followed by video-assisted thoracoscopic thoracic duct ligation.